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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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***Motor Vehicle Accident Update #2*** Hwy 23 is open to all lanes of traffic. We appreciate your patience. We would like to thank Keene Fire and First Responders, McKenzie County Ambulance, North Dakota Highway Patrol, and the two companies for all their assistance tonight!

***Motor Vehicle Accident Update*** 1 vehicle will be cleared from the roadway shortly to open up 1 lane of travel. The second wrecker is coming to the scene to move the second vehicle. We appreciate your patience.

***Motor Vehicle Accident*** Highway 23 is going to be shut down to both lanes of traffic at the intersection of Hwy 23/32nd St Nw. Please find an alternate route at this time for your travels.

*** Travel advisory *** The No Travel Advisory on McKenzie County Roads has been lifted. Citizens should still drive with caution. While wind speeds are less than they were yesterday there are still snow drifts...

***HWY 23 TRAFFIC UPDATE*** Hwy 23 is back open to both lanes of traffic. We appreciate everyone’s patience and allowing the first responders to perform their duties!

***NO TRAVEL ADVISED*** Per the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office there is no travel advised on all county roads within McKenzie County. Visibility is less than 1/4 mile and with the blowing snow it makes it hard to see the lanes. We will advise when conditions get better.

Highway 23 is shut down to both directions of traffic due to an accident at mile marker 14.5. Unknown when the road will be open again. Roads are deteriorating and visibility is poor. If you must drive please do so with caution.

* PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE * January 14, 2019 Sheriff Announces Shannon Wellen as Chief Deputy McKenzie County Sheriff Matthew Johansen announced today the hire of Shannon Wellen as...

Happy New Years! Please don’t drink and drive! Have fun and be safe! We would like to thank our outgoing Sheriff, Gary Schwartzenberger for his service, and we wish him well in his future endeavors. We...

Please be aware of the shifting weather pattern in the coming hours. Please keep an emergency kit your vehicle to include extra extra blankets and/or snow cloths. If you get stuck, break down...




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