Spots still open at West Fargo and Grand Forks police academies

Candidates who complete the course are almost guaranteed jobs.

Students sit in class at a peace officer course in Grand Forks.
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GRAND FORKS — If you've wanted a job in law enforcement, here's your chance.

Peace officer academies will be held in Grand Forks May 15, and in West Fargo May 16. The deadline for signing up for either academy is May 1.

This is the second year the academy, which lasts 14 weeks, is coming to West Fargo.

John Maritato, program director for peace officer training at Lake Region State College, said while law enforcement has been under the microscope over the past few years, that has made it easier to get a job upon graduation.

"The jobs right now, there are so many jobs in the state of North Dakota, even in the United States for that matter, now is the time, you can pretty much write your ticket if you are successful in the academy it's pretty much what agency do you want to work for," Maritato said.

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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