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Senior patrolman Travis Martinson of the Williston Police Department trains new officer Stacey Eissinger on Wednesday in Williston, N.D. Both officers are from Minnesota and moved to Williston for their first law enforcement jobs. Amy Dalrymple | Forum News Service

Rookie cops in Oil Patch get ‘thrown into the mix’

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WILLISTON, N.D. — Cops in the Oil Patch say one year of experience there is what they’d see in five years elsewhere.

As North Dakota’s oil boom brings a spike in police calls to growing communities, many of the officers on the front lines are rookies in their early to mid-20s.


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