The Ward County Sheriff's Department is also feeling the strain in providing adequate services to the area because of losing deputies to oil field employment.
The Sheriff's Department has lost seven deputies to the oil field since the oil moved into the state.
The last three of those positions have been filled by deputies recruited from Minnesota and Grand Forks.
As of right now, the Sheriff's Department is down one full time Deputy position.
Applicants for that position will be considered after the North Dakota State Fair --- because right now they just don't have the time to focus on hiring and training a new deputy.
Ward County Sheriff Steve Kukowski says the department is busier than last year and needs more help.
(Sheriff Steve Kukowski, Ward County) "We are going to go back to the County Commission and ask for more help because we are already surpassing the number of calls we did last year. The traffic continues to go and they are more time consuming calls. You know, we have missing people which takes a huge drain on our staff."
The department is looking to add staff in both the correctional facility and on the patrol side.