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Mission

The MCSO is a modern law enforcement agency utilizing the latest in technology to effectively investigate, deter, and apprehend criminals. Working with other city, state, and federal agencies that operate in the confines of the county, we dedicate ourselves 24/7/365 to ensure safety and security during this time of rapid growth and development that is being experienced by the Bakken oil formation.

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The McKenzie County Combined Law Enforcement Center addresses the need for more prisoner cells and consolidates the many county and state agencies that serve the growing population of the region. The building will house both long and short term prisoners with a capacity of 129 beds.

The new building will serve several county and state agencies including, the departments of McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office, Watford City Police Department, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Northwest Narcotics Task Force, North Dakota Highway Patrol.





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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office 🦃
Female dog, possible pit bull/boxer mix, located north of Arnegard. She appears to be about a year and a half to 2 years old. Very friendly and loves to play catch. She did not have a collar when law enforcement made…
Happy Veterans Day from the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office 🇺🇸

PRESS RELEASE*** On October 29, 2019 from 4:00pm-10:00pm, the Watford City Police Department and the McKenzie County Sheriff's Office conducted a number of Alcohol Compliance Checks throughout the county. Four law…

Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour tonight!! Happy Daylight Savings.

County Road 1A(157 F Ave/158th Ave NW) will be be closed 2.5 miles north of County Road 38 (Bennie Peer Road) Thursday 10/31/19 & Friday 11/1/19 for culvert replacement and cattleguard move. Please use alternate…

Happy Halloween from all of us at the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office 🎃 Reminders: Trail of Treats on Main Street in Watford City from 3pm-5pm, and Trunk or Treat in Alexander from 5pm-7pm. We hope everyone has a…

Press Release – False Alarm at Alexander Public School On Tuesday October 29th, 2019 at approximately 0934 hours, ND State Radio received notification of an Active Threat alarm at the Alexander Public School in…

With Halloween in sight, a reminder of events going on in Watford City and Alexander for the Trick or Treaters. Trail of Treats in Watford City along Main Street from 3pm-5pm. Trunk or Treat in Alexander from…

Press Release – False Alarm at Alexander Public School On Tuesday October 29th, 2019 at approximately 0934 hours, ND State Radio received notification of an Active Threat alarm at the Alexander...

Press Release – False Alarm at Alexander Public School On Tuesday October 10th, 2019 at approximately 0934 hours, ND State Radio received notification of an Active Threat alarm at the Alexander...

The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Watford City Police Department, North Dakota Highway Patrol, Arnegard Fire Department, Alexander Fire Department, and the McKenzie County Emergency Management…



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