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Devils Lake Police Department - Devils Lake, North Dakota

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Salary Information

Entry Level Salary:
$2,870.00 monthly
Academy Graduate:
$2,985.00 monthly
$2,985.00 monthly
Top Pay:
$4,012.00 monthly

Job Description

This is a patrol officer position.  Patrol Officers for the City of Devils Lake are responsible for response to calls for service, initial investigations, crash investigations, traffic enforcement, and patrol of the community.   Officers are required to perform foot patrol in the downtown business district to meet with and discuss concerns with citizens, visitors, and business owners.

The department receives grant funding for traffic enforcement efforts through the Department of Transportation, plus provides security at several community events.  This provides several overtime opportunities for the officers.


Additional Information

The Devils Lake Police Department consists of 16 sworn, 2 full time civilian, and one part time civilian position.  We also participate in the Lake Region Narcotics Task Force.  Positions within the department include Chief, Deputy Chief, Sergeants, Detectives, Patrol Officers, School Resource Officer, and a full time animal warden.

Officers receive a step increase after completion of a 6 month probationary period and annual step increases thereafter (based on evaluation until at top of pay schedule).  Step increases are effective July 1 annually, and cost of living increases are effective January 1 annually.

Sick leave and vacation are accrued at a rate of 8 hours per month for the first five years with increases at 5 and 10 years.  Officers are enrolled in the North Dakota Public Retirement System, Law Enforcement Officers Retirement Program with an employee cost share.  The city pays 100% of a single medical plan and 80% of a family plan (officer's cost is currently $130 per pay period).  Medical benefits include vision and dental coverage.  A Deffered Compensation program is available along with supplemental health insurance and life insurance.

The department pays all licensing fees, and membership dues for the North Dakota Peace Officers Association.

The city is located in the northeastern quarter of North Dakota near the largest natural body of water in the state with over 200,000 acres of water.  The region provides ample opportunities for outdoors activities including hunting, fishing, golf, bicycling, hiking, and wildlife viewing.  The lake is nationally renowned for walleye, pike, and perch fishing. The city is close to state parks, Sully's Hill National Wildlife Refuge, the geographical center of North America (Rugby), the International Peace Gardens, and the Ft Totten Historical Site.

Annual events include the Spirit Lake Riders annual ride-in which is held Memorial Day weekend and includes a motorcycle parade, games and vendors in the park, and a motorcycle tour of the region.  The city is host to the Devils Run car show the weekend after Memorial Day which includes a car parade, meetings for different car enthusiasts, a car auction, vendors, steak fry, and other numerous activities.  The Fourth of July festivities include a parade, community picnic, and a community fireworks show.  The Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Depatment sponsors an annual ice fishing tournament the last weekend in January.  2014 marked the thirtieth anniversary of this event.  The Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual fishing tournament as does the Spirit Lake Casino.  The Master Walleye Tour also comes to Devils Lake.

Numerous employment opportunities exist in the area for an officer's family members.

Devils Lake is also home to Lake Region State College which proveds continuing education opportunites.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 18
  • Education: High School or GED
  • Experience: none

The successful applicant will have completed a police academy and be licensed or eligible to be licensed as a peace officer, out of state applicants that have completed a police academy will be required to attend a transition course.  Applicants must have a clear criminal history, no recent major traffic violations, and be of good moral charcter.  Preference will be given for military service (DD 214 indicating Honorable discharge must be sent with the application to qualify for veterans' preference). 

Applicants must pass a medical screening, psychological screening, and background ivestigation.  Background ivestigations may include credit history, criminal history, and driving history.  Applicants may be required to submit to a polygraph examination, drug screening, or other screening as necessary.

Contact Informaton

Keith Schroeder

Devils Lake Police Department
222 Walnut St W
Devils Lake, North Dakota 58301
phone: (701) 662-0700

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