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NDSU faculty member presents Bakken findings to Justice Department officials

Carol Archbold, associate professor of criminal justice at NDSU, recently presented the findings of her research on law enforcement issues in the Bakken to several officials from the U.S. Department of Justice. U.S. Attorney Chris Myers invited Archbold to present at the federal building in downtown Fargo on April 27. 

High-ranking justice department officials and a representative from the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force attended the presentation.

It’s not the first high-profile presentation Archbold has given on her research. In December 2013 she presented her findings to then-U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon and his staff.

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 results were published in a study titled “Policing the Patch: An Examination of the Impact of the Oil Boom on Small Town Policing and Crime in Western North Dakota.”

Archbold recently received the Walter F. and Verna Gehrts Endowed Professorship Award at NDSU, where she joined the faculty in 2005. She has presented 23 papers at regional and national conferences. Archbold also has written or co-written three books. She has served as a faculty mentor for the FORWARD mentoring program and as a member of the NDSU Diversity Council.

In the community, Archbold has been a member of the promotion board for the Fargo Police Department, the department's Gender and Promotion Task Force and the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute.

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