Community service

West Fargo Police Hire Community Service Officer Program First Officer – InForum

WEST FARGO — The West Fargo Police Department has promoted Tyler Todd from community services officer to sworn law enforcement officer, the first such promotion in department history.

Todd started as CSO in February.

“The CSO program aims to give students hands-on law enforcement experience while learning about the culture of our department,” said Chief Denis Otterness. “Agent Todd is an outstanding example of our CSO program at work.”

In 2021, the CSO program has grown from a full-time position to several part-time positions. This change has tailored the position to help students of criminal justice and those with an interest in law enforcement begin to learn the basics of law enforcement. The goal of the CSO program is to help recruit and retain quality candidates to become officers of the West Fargo Police Department.

CSOs respond to service calls, such as vehicle unlocks, pet calls, and parking complaints, freeing up our sworn officers to respond to criminal cases. CSOs also work directly with the fleet manager for vehicle maintenance and deliveries to other government agencies. The West Fargo Police Department currently has 6 part-time CSOs serving West Fargo residents.