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Mission

The MCSO is a modern law enforcement agency utilizing the latest in technology to effectively investigate, deter, and apprehend criminals. Working with other city, state, and federal agencies that operate in the confines of the county, we dedicate ourselves 24/7/365 to ensure safety and security during this time of rapid growth and development that is being experienced by the Bakken oil formation.

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The McKenzie County Combined Law Enforcement Center addresses the need for more prisoner cells and consolidates the many county and state agencies that serve the growing population of the region. The building will house both long and short term prisoners with a capacity of 129 beds.

The new building will serve several county and state agencies including, the departments of McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office, Watford City Police Department, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Northwest Narcotics Task Force, North Dakota Highway Patrol.





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***Traffic Accident Update*** Hwy 23 is open again to eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic. North Dakota Highway Patrol will be handling the accident investigation. Remember to drive for the road conditions and wear your seatbelt.

***Traffic Alert*** Highway 23 is closed from the Keene round about to Highway 1806 East due to a serious injury accident. There is no time line on when the road will be reopened. Drivers are...

No Travel Advisory is still in place for McKenzie County. Please stay off the roads.

Update: County Road 10 is back open to both lanes of traffic. McKenzie County sand truck is currently laying sand on County road 10 from Hwy 1806 to Hwy 23 in both lanes. With this in mind it is still very icy...

County Road 10 between Highway 1806 and Highway 23 is a mess! Please avoid this area due to multiple slide offs, and semis which cannot make it up the hills. Currently most of the roads in the county are slick...

Here we go with round two of freezing rain. If you can stay off the road, please do so. The roads are expected to get worse in the coming hours and overnight. As the roads become ice/snow covered, consider...
County Road 10 from Highway 1806 to Highway 23/Keene corner is completely closed due to multiple jack knifed trucks. Do not attempt to take this route as it is completely blocked.

***Travel Advisory*** The road conditions have deteriorated substantially in the last two hours. There are numerous accidents and slide offs around the county and throughout the surrounding...

We don’t want to offend anyone by pointing out the obvious but... it’s snowing. Please wear your seatbelt, slow down, take extra time getting to your destination and be courteous of other drivers. Leave extra...
We hope everyone had a great Thanksgivings! For all of those traveling, please travel safe and enjoy your weekend!

***Road Restrictions*** November 16, 2018 As of 8:45am CST all unpaved/ gravel roads will be restricted to 12,000 lbs GVW. Restrictions will be in place until further notice. You can check for updates in the following...




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