As North Dakota's economy begins to rebound from the recent economic downturn, thanks in part to the state's oil industry, law enforcement officials are reporting an increase in demand for professionals with criminal justice training, including peace and highway patrol officers.
Lloyd Halvorson, director of the Peace Training Academy in Devils Lake, told the Grand Fork Herald that the demand for criminal justice-related jobs include not only an increase in the state's population, but is also due to a number of positions becoming available by the growing number of retiring law enforcement personnel.
"The growth out west is unprecedented," Halvorson told the news agency. "Some of the agencies out west are doubling or tripling in size in the last three years. The number one reason over the past decade is that people are not staying in law enforcement as long as they once did."
Halvorson said that if law enforcement officials are willing to relocate to where there is the largest demand for officers, they should have no problem finding a job.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for police officers are expected to grow by 9 percent through the end of the decade.