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Posted on: August 14, 2023

[ARCHIVED] WFPD to graduate second annual local Peace Officer Academy with Lake Region State College

WFPD graduates Lake Region State College Peace Officer Academy (PNG)

The West Fargo Police Department is proud to graduate seven students in the second annual class of the local Peace Officer Academy. The graduation ceremony is 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023, at West Fargo High School (801 9th Street E.). The Peace Officer Academy was held in partnership with Lake Region State College.

The Peace Officer Training Program (POTP) allows an individual to become a licensed peace officer in the state of North Dakota. The program has nearly a 100% employment rate for graduates who pursue positions as full-time police officers in North Dakota. 

“We are excited to bring this program back to West Fargo with three students receiving conditional job offers from our department,” said West Fargo Police Chief Denis Otterness. “We look forward to the ongoing partnership with Lake Region State College for future academies in West Fargo to support public safety recruitment throughout North Dakota.”

The Peace Officer Academy is a 14-week rigorous training program. Students complete physical fitness training every morning and classroom hours from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Instructors cover a variety of topics ranging from crime scene processing to North Dakota criminal law.

Lake Region State College is the only college in the state authorized to deliver a North Dakota POST basic curriculum. Thank you to the officers from the West Fargo Police Department and Cass County Sheriff's Office for assisting as instructors throughout the academy.

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