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Forum News Service, Published March 14 2014

Four new Highway Patrol troopers headed to ND Oil Patch

BISMARCK - The North Dakota Highway Patrol is sending four new troopers to the state’s booming oil and gas region and expects to graduate an additional 12 troopers by early June.

The four troopers who have graduated will be stationed in Dickinson, Minot, New Town and Parshall, Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced Friday.

Of the dozen troopers expected to graduate by early June, six will be assigned to the Williston area, two will work from Killdeer and the other four will be assigned to Dickinson, Rugby, Velva and Watford City.

The 2013 Legislature appropriated $3.8 million to put 15 additional troopers on the roads, primarily in western North Dakota, Dalrymple noted in a news release.

Highway Patrol Col. Jim Prochniak said the troopers will provide relief for those already working in the area, while also supporting local law enforcement agencies and enhancing the patrol’s visibility.

A graduation ceremony for all of the new troopers is set for July 25 at Bismarck State College.