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Highway Patrol Boosts Presence in Watford City

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The North Dakota Highway Patrol will triple it's presence in the area of the state with the most fatalities...

Three of the seven new troopers will be heading to the Watford City area.

The group of new recruits graduated from the North Dakota Law Enforcement Training Academy today.

After 21 weeks of training the five men and two women are heading to the towns they have been assigned to.

The Watford City area will triple it's trooper presence.

One trooper currently covers the McKenzie county region.

Chelsey Hagel says she's excited to be assigned to tackle some of the challenges before law enforcement in oil country.

McKenzie County has had 30% of the fatalities on North Dakota roads so far this year.

"I hope I can prevent people from doing wrong, stealing and crashing. I want to prevent those crashes from occurring. There are too many fatalities, too many drunk drivers all over the state. I want to prevent that from happening. Lives are being lost due to traffic instance, we don't want that in North Dakota at all."says Chelsey Hagel.

There are 150 troopers in North Dakota.

This graduating class does not include the 15 additional troopers the state Legislature approved funding during the recent session.

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