Divisions

Patrol Division

Municipal police departments regularly patrol their own cities. The Sheriff’s Office provides similar law enforcement services to 11 communities in the county –Watford City, Arnegard, Rawson, Alexander, Cartwright, East Fairview, Dore, Grassy Butte, Keene, New Town, Mandaree.

Patrol Services responds to calls for service 24 hours a day, such as medicals, alarms, vehicle crashes, motorist assists, and domestic disputes as well as reports of property offenses and fraud. This unit assists citizens and other law enforcement agencies. 

While engaging in community policing practices, Patrol Services actively patrols each community to prevent and deter crime, as well as enforce local, state and federal laws. Initial reports of felony-level offenses are taken by Patrol Services and then forwarded to the Investigations Division for further investigation. 

McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office has an expanded role, providing jurisdiction and authority throughout the county. As a result, the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office collaborates with and supports local law enforcement agencies in a variety of ways, programs, and activities.

"Protection and Service"

  • Business, Bank, and Funeral Escorts
  • Crash Investigation
  • Responding to Crimes in Progress
  • Patrol Shifts
  • Initial Incident Documentation
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Civil Stand-by
  • Civil Paper Service

Units Within the Uniform Division






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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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