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Rookie cops in Oil Patch get 'thrown into the mix'

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WILLISTON -- Cops in the Oil Patch say one year of experience there is what they'd see in five years elsewhere.

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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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.