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Oil Patch Gets More Troopers

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Thanks to support from the governor's office and the 63rd Legislative Assembly, more North Dakota Highway Troopers will be stationed in the state's oil patch.

During the latest Legislative Assembly, $3.8 million were appropriated to place 15 additional troopers on state roadways. Three of those troopers have graduated training and are being stationed in the northwest region. These troopers will protect highway traffic.

"You have that deterrent effect.  People see that patrol car and they suddenly pay a little more attention to their driving. They're a little more aware of what's going on around them. Responses for crashes and calls for service, someone that needs help. We're going to have more officers available on any given day to be able to respond to those types of calls for service," says Capt. Gary Orluck the head of the northwest region for the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Orluck also says the highway patrol will continue to make training and education a priority to draw in more applicants and to retain their current troopers.

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