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Associate professor to discuss oil patch crime research on radio program

Published: 02 August 2013


Carol Archbold, associate professor of criminal justice, is a scheduled guest for the Aug. 5 edition of Prairie Public Radio’s “Main Street,” where she will discuss findings from her research project on policing and crime in the booming oil patch region of North Dakota.

The project, titled “Policing the Patch: An Examination of the Impact of the Oil Boom on Small Town Policing and Crime in Western North Dakota,” reviews how rapid population growth from the oil boom has caused significant changes to small-town policing in the region.

Archbold conducted face-to-face interviews with more than 100 police officers and sheriff’s deputies from eight agencies in four western North Dakota counties from October 2012 to March 2013. The study looks at how the increase in population resulting from the oil boom:

  • Affects how police officers conduct their work
  • Influences police offer stress and job satisfaction
  • Impacts police officers’ perception of their community, citizens and crime
  • Affects police organizations, specifically agency resources, personnel issues, inter- and intra-agency collaboration, and relationships between police agencies and businesses/social institutions.

“Main Street” is broadcast live at 3 p.m. and rebroadcast at 7 p.m. For more information, as well as a podcast of the show, visit

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Last Updated: Sunday, August 25, 2013