NIGHTWATCHMAN T.B. MCDONOUGH

Early stories of the Dickinson Police Department are hard to find, but one officer in particular has caught our attention. Thanks to microfilm archive from The Dickinson Press, we have learned that DPD once employed a determined, and rather fearsome, nightwatchman in the early 1910s. His name was T.B. “Thomas” McDonough, and served as nightwatchman for Dickinson from 1914 until the early 1930s. He was an Irishman who once worked on the railroad, and did his policing duties with only one arm as the result of a railroad accident. Continue reading below to learn about this determined peacekeeper.     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. 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....

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...

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;...

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;  ...

Officer Promoted to Corporal

Officer Jason Wallace was recently promoted to the rank of Corporal during a recent ceremony at the Dickinson Public Safety Center. Corporal Wallace started his career as a dispatcher, and was hired as an officer in 2014. His good work ethic and natural leadership skills assisted him in getting promoted to Corporal. We wish him luck in his new position on B...