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Published May 26, 2010, 10:16 AM

Police administrators get behind the wheel during seatbelt campaign

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You may have noticed a few more back and white squad cars around Fargo. Part of it is a click or, or ticket campaign. The other reason is that administrators are out from behind a desk and back behind a wheel.

It's been 10 years since Captain Dave Todd has patrolled these streets full time.

CPT. DAVE TODD/FARGO POLICE: "I was a patrol officer for almost 14 years before I ever got promoted. So, I've walked in those shoes, I know that job."

But today, it's all coming back. For two days, Fargo Police Department administrators are getting out from behind their desks and back on the streets to help with traffic enforcement throughout the city, specifically in school zones. It's called Blue Days.

SGT. MIKE BERNIER/FARGO POLICE: "It's nice to have the officers to see that the administrators can go out in the streets and wear the uniform too. And it's certainly a good thing."

And it's at the perfect time, coinciding with the Click it or Ticket crackdown: a five-thousand dollar North Dakota DOT grant allowing the department to host traffic blitzes for five hour segments the next five days.

And these administrators aren't just helping in the traffic blitz, but also keeping the respect between captain, sergeant, and officer."

SGT. BERNIER: "We sometimes refer to them as 'mobile dipatchers.' Hey, there's a fight going on over here. I don't know how to handle it. Can you get?”

A day of ticketing and teasing, a time for these full-time patrolling officers to re-introduce their bosses to the ropes, knowing that the men behind the desks now better understand the new challenges out in the field. Captains and other administrators will be patrolling again tomorrow.