Luther Family Ford Salute to Law Enforcement

Recent events have reminded us how important our friends in law enforcement are to our community. Luther Family Ford and AM 1100 The Flag WZFG are proud to recognize those officers and honor them for their service to our community. Each month, one officer from the Fargo-Moorhead area will be recognized on air on the Need to Know Morning show on WZFG. Check below for our current and previous honorees.

Detective Troy Hanson

Fargo Police Department

December, 2017
Detective Troy Hanson started his career with the Fargo Police Department in October of 2012. Troy is originally from Grand Forks, North Dakota and graduated from UND with a degree in Criminal Justice. Prior to working for the Fargo Police Department he was a Deputy Sheriff in Morton County and also previously worked at the Red River Regional Dispatch Center. Troy quickly became a popular officer with his peers and the citizens he served. Troy worked hard in his assigned area of Fargo to make it a better place for the people that lived in those areas. He was known for being tough on those that committed crime, but even more important he was known for reaching out to the kids in those areas. Between calls for service it was not uncommon to find him building community trust with the youth of those neighborhoods by playing basketball with them. He could be found at Dike East or the Community Homes basketball courts competing while in full uniform. In January of this year he was selected to move into our investigations division as a property detective. He quickly saw success in his case work because of the hard work he puts in and he never leaves a stone unturned. He has also maintained some of the community ties he built as a patrol officer to assist in his role as a detective. Within the past few months Troy has now transitioned from primarily investigating property crimes to investigating personal crimes. If you are a victim of a crime you want Troy investigating your case; if you are a suspect you may want to count your days before you see a Judge in court. In 2017 Det. Hanson was assigned 114 cases and currently has a 65% clearance rate, the North Dakota average for property crime is around 30% according to FBI statistics.

Office Brian Dahl

Moorhead Police Department

November, 2017
Brian Dahl is Moorhead’s longest tenured officer assigned to the Patrol Division with 23 years of service. Brian currently is assigned as the School Resource Officer in the Moorhead High School, and has always remained highly active with youth programs positively representing himself and the Moorhead Police Department. In 1999 Brian became a Youth Intervention Officer that later transformed into a School Resource Officer as we know it today. Most recently he additionally is appreciated for all the help and guidance that he has been providing to the two newest members of our School Resource team. Here are some of the activities that Brian has been involved in over the many years. • Coordinated the Summer Youth Program for two hundred 8-12 year olds. • Presented at countless Drivers Ed classes for students and parents and teaches “Point of Impact” that focuses on new driver’s safety/education/parent responsibilities. • Taught DARE to hundreds of students in Moorhead schools • Teaches safety lessons and educational classes to students K-4 grades • Served on the Youth Intervention Programs Association board for many years advocating for youth programs. • Active with traffic enforcement programs targeting increasing public safety for all drivers. • Provided mentoring and educational components to high school age students • Organized several community/business outreach events for the Prescription Drug Take Back Program. • Been a huge positive influence with countless kids as he often attends extra-curricular school sports events. • Volunteers with the Clay County Jail Ministry Program.

Officer Michael Pietron

West Fargo Police Department

October, 2017
Originally from Larimore, ND, Pietron graduated from Larimore High School in 2011. He graduated from North Dakota State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. After going to the police academy through Lake Region State College in North Fargo, Pietron became a West Fargo Patrol Officer in April 2015. In addition to his patrol duties, he is an advisor for the West Fargo Youth Explorers Program. When not working he enjoys drumming, exercising, volunteering at his church, going on runs with his dog, and swimming. He is married and has one daughter. Officer Michael Pietron shows up for work every day with a positive attitude and willing to work. Officer Pietron’s enforcement numbers are consistently high. He ranks at or near the top in every category for the department. Officer Pietron enjoys serving this community and takes pride in the job that he does. Several times Officer Pietron has been “caught” getting out of his vehicle and playing ball with area youth. He sees and understands the value in a strong community / police relationship. Officer Pietron also gives back to this community by serving as an assistant Police Explorer advisor, where he sets a positive example and mentors youth that have an interest in going into law enforcement.

Trooper Kristjan Helgoe

ND Highway Patrol

September, 2017
Trooper Helgoe is an 11 year veteran of the NDHP and has been a K9 trooper for approximately 3 of those years. Tr. Helgoe is a dedicated and professional officer, committed to making our communities safe. Together, with his partner Fia, he identifies and removes drug pushers from our communities and the criminal element from our highways. He and Fia regularly assist our local law enforcement agencies by helping them search for narcotics in various locations. Kristjan is also committed in removing impaired drivers from our roadways and is in the top percent of NDHP Troopers in DUI arrests each year. Tr. Helgoe not only enforces the law, he also educates our citizens about the law through various community safety talks. Tr. Helgoe conducts safety talks to local Boy & Cub Scout groups, to other groups that seek his expertise, he participates in the annual Cops N Kids Christmas program in several communities, and he takes every chance he can get to interact with the public at local PD picnics or events with his K9 partner Fia. Kristjan is active within the NDHP as well. In addition to his K9 Trooper duties, Kristjan is a member of the NDHP Emergency Response Team and is a less lethal weapon instructor. Tr. Helgoe is committed to the safety of our citizens and communities. He displays this commitment through his enforcement activities, his educational programs in the community and his volunteer activities within the NDHP.

Sgt. Junell Krabbenhoft

Fargo Police Department

August, 2017
Junell has been with the Fargo Police Department for over 10 years, and has served as an Officer, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, and currently as a Sergeant within investigations. Sgt. Krabbenhoft oversees our Crimes against Children and Sex Offender detectives. Her Sergeant position was newly created this past January because of the overwhelming amount of work in these areas. Since taking on this role Sgt. Krabbenhoft has overseen the successful operation of an underage sex sting. In this sting men who were attempting to engage in sexual relations with what they thought were underage females were arrested. Sgt. Krabbenhoft also organized an outreach operation making contact with females advertising on sex websites, this is done to offer services and provide help if they are victims of human trafficking. Sgt. Krabbenhoft has also been instrumental in building stronger relationships with our partners as we continue to help children that have been victims of physical, sexual, and mental abuse.

Detective Shawn Krebsbach

Moorhead Police Department

August, 2017
Detective Shawn Krebsbach was hired by the Moorhead Police Department in January of 2008. While assigned to the Patrol Division, Detective Krebsbach became a Field Training Officer where he helped conduct background investigations on potential new employees and train newly hired officers on the street. He also became a department instructor in several other specialized areas including; Bike Patrol, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Use of Force, and Taser. While assigned to the Patrol Division, he became interested with investigations and worked towards this career path. In September 2015, his hard work paid off when he was selected as a General Investigator and reassigned to the Investigative Division. He is responsible for investigating felony level personal and property related crimes such as; theft, burglary, robbery, assault, human trafficking, financial crimes, and death investigations. Shawn has received several letters of commendation throughout his career for his investigative skills and teamwork. He was most recently presented with the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Honorable Mention Award from the US Attorney’s Office-District of North Dakota for providing strength, resilience and justice to victims. Detective Krebsbach also currently serves on the Southeast Human Trafficking Community Coalition.

Officer Travis MacLeod

West Fargo Police Department

June, 2017
Officer Macleod grew up in Moorhead, MN where he graduated from Moorhead High School in 2003. After High School he attended Moorhead State University, where he played football for a year. He then attended Alexandria Technical College for 2 years, where he graduated from their skills course and with his A.S. in Law Enforcement. He went on to graduate from Ashford University and graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree. Prior to being hired by West Fargo as a patrol officer, in June 2016, he worked various law enforcement jobs for 11 years to include: a patrol officer for the cities of Rolla and Pelican Rapids, a deputy for Rolette and Wright counties, and Highway Patrol for Wyoming. In addition, he served on various SWAT Teams. When not working he enjoys lifting weights, running, hunting and fishing. He is married with 2 children.

Detective Joe Gress

Cass County Sheriff's Office

May, 2017
Detective Joe Gress was born and raised in North Fargo. In 1998, Detective Gress graduated from North High School and later attended NDSU, where he earned a Bachelor of Science undergrad and a Master of Science graduate degree. In the summer of 2004, Detective Gress attended and graduated from the Lake Region State College Police Officer Training Program. In September of 2004, Detective Gress began working as an investigator with the Valley City/Barnes County Drug Task Force. In 2006, Detective Gress began his career with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Detective Gress has worked in many different roles as a deputy to include a correctional officer, patrol deputy and most recently an investigator. In 2016 Detective Gress was selected as the Deputy of the Year.

Sergeant Matthew Anderson

Wahpeton Police Department

April, 2017
Sergeant Matthew Anderson, currently in his 14th year of general service and 8th year as a Patrol Sergeant with the Wahpeton Police Department, is a native of Braham, MN. Sergeant Anderson graduated from Minnesota State University- Moorhead and the University of North Dakota Lake Region Law Enforcement Academy before beginning his law enforcement career with the Hillsboro Police Department. Since joining the Wahpeton Police Department, Sergeant Anderson has received considerable specialized training and is a certified Police Instructor, is Commander of the multi-agency Southern Valley Special Response Team (SRT) and manages the department’s DUI, Occupant Protection and Underage Drinking Enhanced Enforcement efforts and other grant activities. In addition, Matthew volunteers with the Watch Dogs (Dads of Great Students) mentoring program at Wahpeton Elementary School and serves on the Property Board of Bethel Lutheran Church. Sergeant Anderson is being recognized for the strong work ethic that he has consistently displayed since day one with the Wahpeton Police Department and for his exceptional job performance over the course of the past year, during which he stepped up to meet a variety of professional challenges with unwavering competence. During the last year, Matthew was greatly involved in the choosing of a new location for the police department, was largely responsible for determining the remodel and furnishing requirements for the new facility and then organized and supervised the actual move into the new facility. During this same time, Matthew took on additional supervisory responsibilities while I, Chief Thorsteinson, was presented with a series of health challenges that restricted my own ability to run the department’s daily operation. Matthew met all of these challenges in an exemplary fashion and did so without complaint, traits which seem to be less common with very passing day.

Trooper Jed Dahnke & K9 Casey

ND Highway Patrol

March, 2017
Trooper Dahnke is an 9 year veteran of the NDHP. He has been a K9 trooper for approximately 6 of those years, currently partnered with K9 Casey, a Belgian Malinois. Tr. Dahnke is a professional and dedicated officer, committed to making our communities safe. Together, with his partner Casey, he made over 220 criminal arrests in 2016, removing impaired drivers and the criminal element from our highways. Tr. Dahnke not only enforces the law, he also educates our citizens about the law through various community safety talks. Tr. Dahnke conducts safety talks to local Boy & Cub Scout groups, other groups that seek his expertise, is an active Alive at 25 instructor, participates in the annual Cops N Kids Christmas program, and is a youth coach for his children’s sports teams. He also teaches other law enforcement officers as a certified standardized field sobriety testing instructor. Tr. Dahnke is very active within the NDHP with assignments that include being a K9 trooper, being the assistant K9 coordinator for the NDHP, he is a drug recognition expert and serves on department committees. In 2016, Tr. Dahnke was named the NDDOT Traffic Safety Officer of the Year for his education and enforcement efforts throughout the year.


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