The Bismarck Police Department has been very busy with over 37,000 calls to the dispatch center last year. That is a record number of calls.

The city saw a record number of crimes in 2015 in almost every area. Most of the calls come in from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m.  In response to this, the city will bring on an additional 8 officers to work the city. Plus the department will create a new shift for officers, which include a 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift to address this busy crime time.

The new officers will start the application process in October and will be brought in by January 2017.

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According to the latest Crime and Traffic Analysis Report, Bismarck saw an increase in crimes against other people, property crimes such as stolen cars or burglaries were also on the increase along with drug charges.

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