Dilworth mayor open to merging police department with Glyndon Police Department

(Fargo, ND) -- The mayor of Dilworth says challenges with recruiting and retention are the biggest reasons why the city is considering creating a joint police department with the City of Glyndon. 

"Some of the smaller departments like Dilworth and Glyndon, we struggle a little bit to maintain full departments. As we know, every department, Moorhead, Dilworth, Clay County, they're all struggling to be at full staff," said Chad Olson 

Olson says he's not yet sure if merging police departments will yield positive results, but is now ready to explore the possibilities. 

He says when departments are understaffed it makes if difficult for officers to take time off. 

The mayor says it will take more than a year to determine if merging the departments is feasible and beneficial.