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NDSU presentation to discuss changes in oil patch policing


A seminar at NDSU will discuss research findings that reveal how rapid population growth has caused significant changes to small-town policing in western North Dakota.

Carol Archbold, associate professor of criminal justice, is scheduled to present “Policing the Patch: An Examination of the Impact of the Oil Boom on Small Town Policing and Crime in Western North Dakota” on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Arikara room. The seminar is free and open to the public.

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 organization and relationships between police agencies and businesses/social institutions.

The seminar is co-sponsored by Women and Gender Studies and Compass Program Foundation.

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