Fargo Police, Cass County Sheriff, NDHP give report on joint patrol in Downtown Fargo

Photo by: City of Fargo
Photo by: City of Fargo

(Fargo, ND) -- The Fargo Police Department, North Dakota Highway Patrol and Cass County Sheriff's Office are sharing the results of a partnered patrol that took place over the weekend in Downtown Fargo.

On Saturday, October 29th from approximately 10 p.m. until early morning on Sunday, October 30th, a group of FPD officers, CCSO deputies and NDHP troopers, alongside agency K-9 units, took part in the downtown detail. The NDHP aircraft was also used during this enforcement effort.

“Saturday evening’s detail was another great example of regional partnerships and our shared commitment to ensuring safety in our downtown neighborhood and entertainment district," said Fargo Police Chief Dave Zibolski in a statement released to WDAY Radio. "The FPD expresses its appreciation to the North Dakota Highway Patrol and Cass County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance with this effort.”

The downtown detail resulted in the following:

FPD and CCSO Patrol Efforts - 

  • 3.6 ounces – marijuana seized in plain view
  • 15 – citations issued (13 for consuming in public, 2 for street performer violations)
  • 1 – urinating in public
  • 1 – possession of marijuana
  • 1 – individual taken to detox

NDHP Patrol Efforts - 

  • 95 – traffic stops
  • 2 – declined pursuits
  • 1 – warrant arrest
  • 85 – warnings
  • 59 citations ( 4 driving under suspension arrests, 7 driving under the influence arrests, 1 arrest for false information, 6 minor in possession/consumption violations, 4 possession of marijuana violations, 1 possession of marijuana paraphernalia violation, 1 possession of cocaine arrest, 6 driving without a license, 4 driving without liability Insurance)


“The North Dakota Highway Patrol is committed to helping our partner agencies in creating a safe environment for the citizens of Fargo and the surrounding communities,” said North Dakota Highway Patrol Captain Bryan Niewind.

Towards the end of the patrol, at approximately 2:45 a.m, authorities say a green laser beam was pointed at the NDHP aircraft. The pilot and operator of the plane were able to pinpoint the beam’s origin and NDHP ground units responded to the residence in North Fargo and identified the home’s occupants. Information from this incident has been passed on to the Federal Aviation Administration for further investigation and enforcement.