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Watford City Police Chief Jesse Wellen, left, and Sgt. Shannon Monnens, both Minnesota natives, respond Thursday to a call in an RV park in Watford City, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Rookie officers in Oil Patch get ‘thrown into the mix’

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WILLISTON, N.D. — Cops in the Oil Patch say one year of experience there is what they’d see in five years elsewhere.

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As North Dakota’s oil boom brings a spike in police calls to growing communities, many of the officers on the front lines are rookies in their early to mid-20s.

“They’ve been thrown in the fire with gas on top of them,” said Williston police Detective Cory Collings.

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