It's not always how many patrol officers you have -- it's where you have them. That's the thinking behind a new plan by the Fargo Police department to hire a crime statistics analyst who would chart property crimes and car crashes.
Police Chief Keith Ternes says with a growing city, adding officers isn't the only answer to fighting crime rates. The key is using them efficiently and proactively. He says the new position should help officers be in the right place at the right time.
The department is still taking applications through tomorrow, and 45 people have applied so far. Ternes hopes to have a person starting by mid-January.