On behalf of the men and women of the Dickinson Police Department, I am pleased to welcome you to our website.  Our continuing goal is to make the city of Dickinson a safe place in which to live, work and play.  We are committed to maintaining and improving the quality of life of the city during this time of rapid growth, by actively partnering with community members and being innovative in our policing strategies.

We are proud to serve the residents of Dickinson in many ways.  Our Department is responsible for helping to prevent crime, patrolling neighborhoods, responding to calls for service, investigating crimes, arresting offenders and working closely with the community to identify and solve neighborhood problems.  We also provide educational and outreach programs to assist the residents and youth of our community.  Our ongoing commitment is to continue to provide the highest quality, professional, and courteous service to our community.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the citizens of Dickinson for their continued support.  By working together, we will continue to preserve the quality of life that our community deserves.

Sincerely, Dustin D. Dassinger Chief of Police – Dickinson

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With the community as our foundation, the Dickinson Police Department is committed to excellence developed through pride and earning a reputation for providing professional, caring, and courteous service. We are dedicated to a philosophy that promotes community involvement in problem solving and developing solutions that improve the quality of life for our citizens. We are committed to the values of the community we ethically serve with passion, respect, and proactive education while strengthening our bond through personal community involvement, and effective crime prevention. Our team will be flexible and innovative, yet maintaining prudent fiscal responsibility through wise use of resources. To fulfill our mission, the Dickinson Police Department is committed to providing a quality work environment and development of its team members through leadership and professional skill development, keeping in mind that our strength is our people and our goal is a safer community.

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Fentanyl Alert

The Dickinson Police Department believes a recent batch of the powerful pain-killer “Fentanyl” has made it to the streets of Dickinson, and has been causing a spike in overdoses. As a proactive measure, the department as produced and released a short information video explaining the seriousness of the situation. The video can be viewed at;... read more

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The Southwest Tactical Team was out today practicing "tubular assaults", which are tactics used to gain rapid entry into buses, boats, and airplanes.

SWAT trains together twice a month on numerous topics and tactics. They average about 1 callout a month.
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Are you a history buff? If so, stay tuned to our page for a four-part series of history blogs that outline the early days of the Dickinson Police Department. In particular, we would like to share the story of a notorious Nightwatchman of the early 1900s, who quickly rose to legendary status. Thanks to the online databases from the Library of Congress as well as genealogy services, we have learned a tremendous amount about the one-armed Irish policeman; Thomas B. McDonough.


In the early 1900s, Dickinson was an emerging western town on the banks of the Heart River. The railroad helped establish it as an oasis in the prairie, and many began calling it home. The first official police service was created in 1899 when 34-year-old Robert Craig was elected by citizens as the village marshal. He served until the following year, when citizens formally designated Dickinson a "city", and hired its first Chief of Police - Joseph McCoul. In 1902, John M. Carroll was hired as Chief of Police for the following two years. His picture is attached to this blog.

In 1904, Patrick Corbett began a lengthy career as Chief of Police. He was a native of Green Bay, WI and was previously employed by the Northern Pacific Railroad. As the town grew, city elders decided to hire a "Nightwatchman" to assist Chief Corbett during the evening hours. The first Nightwatchmen of this era were Joseph P. Carroll and Ole Tollefson. Then on September 12th, 1914, T.B. McDonough began his employment as Dickinson's sole Nightwatchman. He was a former railroad worker like Chief Corbett. At 43 years of age and only having one arm, he quickly made a name for himself. Some called him rather fearsome, and he did not hesitate to get into a scrap, into a foot pursuit, or even into a gunfight.

Stay tuned to learn about McDonough's past, and read about some of his exploits.
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Two of Dickinson's newest officers were sworn in at tonight's city commission meeting.

Officer Nate Slack comes to us from Ohio. He says one of his life-long goals has been to relocate, and really enjoys the small town feeling. He is currently assigned to A Shift and is about halfway through his field training.

Officer Troy Machovsky comes from the Grand Forks area. He is an Army veteran, and relocates to Dickinson with his family. He is currently assigned to B shift.

New officers spend 12 weeks in our department's field training program, and then attend formal police basic training in Bismarck, which is generally an additional 12 weeks.
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DPD 2016 Annual Report

Dickinson PD has released its 2016 Annual Report, which was presented at the March 20th City Commission Meeting. To view a digital copy of the report, click the picture above to load the... read more

Fentanyl Alert

The Dickinson Police Department believes a recent batch of the powerful pain-killer “Fentanyl” has made it to the streets of Dickinson, and has been causing a spike in overdoses. As a proactive measure, the department as produced and released a short information video explaining the seriousness of the situation. The video can be viewed at;  ... read more
Dickinson Law Enforcement Center Stark County Sheriff Office | Southwest Multi-County Correctional Center | Stark County Emergency Management 66 Museum Drive Dickinson, North Dakota 58601
Public Safety Center – Home of the Dickinson Police Department and the headquarters for the Dickinson Fire Department. 2475 State Avenue North Dickinson, ND 58601
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center 2500 Fairway Street Dickinson, ND 58601 701-456-4000 **EMERGENCY ROOM ENTRANCE off of Empire Road on the northwest corner of the complex**
Dickinson Fire Department Central Substation 25 2nd Ave W, Dickinson, ND 58601 (701) 456-7625