Downtown Resource Officer
The Fargo Police Department has two officers specifically assigned to provide enhanced police services to the downtown area. This officer is called a Downtown Resource Officers (DRO). The DRO's job is to help promote a revitalized, safe and clean downtown that will appeal to citizens and visitors.
Officer Todd Wahl is currently assigned as the DRO during the day shift. Officer Shawn Gamradt is currently assigned as the DRO during the evening shift. In addition to Officer Wahl and Officer Gamradt, eight other officers are assigned to the downtown area and divided among various shifts. Listed below are some special projects and areas of focus for the DRO and other officers assigned to the downtown area.
Downtown Community Partnership
The Downtown Community Partnership (DCP) is an organization established to ensure the future of a healthy downtown neighborhood that will serve as a base for Fargo's continued growth and prosperity. The DCP dedicates its work toward a vital and vibrant city center that will not only be an asset to citizens of Fargo, but also to the businesses that serve them. The DCP believes that for a downtown to be truly great, it must be maintained and marketed by an effective, imaginative and energetic collaboration of local interests. The DROs maintain regular contact with the DCP.
Case Management Program
Through the Case Management Program, the Fargo Police Department helps coordinate and integrate community services for vulnerable adults. The program incorporates social services, the criminal justice system and the community in an attempt to improve individuals' quality of life and to create a safer environment downtown. The DROs chair the monthly meetings of the Case Management Committee.
Street Smart is a downtown Fargo collaborative program to connect human service programmers and their clients, business people, private security personnel, city police officers and residents. The mission of the committee is to maintain a harmonious and safe environment downtown. The DROs attend the monthly meetings of the Street Smart Committee.
All officers assigned to the downtown area monitor potential juvenile or crowd control problems. There have been few of these problems downtown.
All officers assigned to the downtown area focus their attention on violations of law that affect the quality of life for people living, working and visiting there. Some particular areas of concern are consuming alcohol in public, panhandling, criminal trespass, and urinating in public. The DROs and other downtown officers are active on bicycle and foot patrols, which help them achieve enforcement objectives.
All officers assigned to the downtown area closely monitor any active or potential transient camp activity. The DROs and other downtown officers frequently patrol areas known for transient activity, particularly beneath downtown bridges, along the Red River and near the Burlington Northern rail line.