North Dakota Highway Patrol

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North Dakota Highway Patrol
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Agency overview
Employees190 (as of 2014) [1]
Annual budget$30 Million USD
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionNorth Dakota, USA
Size70,762 square miles (183,270 km2)
Population762,062 (2019 est.)[2]
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersBismarck, North Dakota
Troopers148 (as of 2014) [3]
Civilians42 (as of 2014) [4]
Agency executive
  • Colonel Brandon Solberg, Superintendent
Aircraft2007 Cessna T 206

The North Dakota Highway Patrol is the state patrol agency for the state of North Dakota. It was established in 1935 by the North Dakota Legislative Assembly.

"The mission of the North Dakota Highway Patrol is to make a difference every day by providing high-quality law enforcement services to keep North Dakota safe and secure."

North Dakota state troopers, when hired, attend the Law Enforcement Training Academy in Bismarck. It is a 22-week program in which the recruits learn all Peace Officer Standards and Training as well as advanced traffic information. Troopers are assigned to many different post locations within the four regions upon graduating from the Academy.

Major activities of the State Patrol include: traffic enforcement, crash investigation, reporting road conditions, and enforcement of laws where state property is involved. A major duty of a North Dakota state trooper is the ability to work independently and exercise good judgement accordingly. This may differ from other peace officer agencies where operations are teamwork oriented.


The state is divided into four regions. Each region is commanded by a regional commander and contains two offices located in the major cities of the region.

Troopers work within their regions, however they have equal jurisdiction throughout the state.

Highway Patrol symbol[edit]

The North Dakota Highway Patrol symbol is a profile of Red Tomahawk, a Teton Dakotah (Sioux) Indian who lived on his land near the Cannonball River on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation near Mandan, North Dakota and who is famous for shooting Sitting Bull in the head. The North Dakota Highway Patrol officially adopted the profile of Red Tomahawk as the patrol vehicle door emblem and department symbol in 1951.[5]

Rank structure[edit]

Title Insignia
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Special Assignments[edit]

Troopers can serve in special roles including the following:

Superintendents of the North Dakota Highway Patrol[edit]

# Name Term
1 Frank Putman 1935–1937
2 H.G. Lund 1937–1938
3 Archie O’Connor 1939
4 Frank Putman 1939–1941
5 John Jeffery 1941–1943
6 E.M. Klein 1943–1953
7 Clark J. Monroe 1953–1961
8 Ralph M. Wood 1961–1978
9 James D. Martin 1978–1981
10 Norman D. Evans 1981–1985
11 Brian C. Berg 1985–1992
12 James M. Hughes 1993–2003
13 Bryan R. Klipfel 2003– 2007
14 Mark Nelson 2007–2009
15 James Prochniak 2009–2014[6]
16 Michael Gerhart, Jr. 2014-2018
17 Brandon Solberg 2018-

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the organization was established, one North Dakota Highway Patrol officer has died while on duty.[7]

Officer Date of Death Details
Patrolman Beryl E. McLane
Wednesday, September 17, 1941
Struck by vehicle


Current and historical patrol vehicles used by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ USDOJ Bureau of Justice Statistices Census of Law Enforcement Agencies 2004
  2. ^ 2007 Population Estimates
  3. ^ USDOJ Bureau of Justice Statistices Census of Law Enforcement Agencies 2004
  4. ^ USDOJ Bureau of Justice Statistices Census of Law Enforcement Agencies 2004
  5. ^ NDHP History page
  6. ^ "James Prochniak Superintendent, North Dakota Highway Patrol". The State of North Dakota. Archived from the original on 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2009-11-03.
  7. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page

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