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Published May 26, 2013, 10:31 AM

Researcher says North Dakota oil patch not the Wild West

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A researcher studying the impact of the oil boom on law enforcement in western North Dakota says police are busier in the area, but it's not the Wild West.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A researcher studying the impact of the oil boom on law enforcement in western North Dakota says police are busier in the area, but it's not the Wild West.

Carol Archbold, a North Dakota State University criminal justice associate professor, says people perceive there is a massive amount of violent crime in the oil patch, but violent crimes are not increasing as steadily as people think.

Archbold tells the Dickinson Press (http://bit.ly/1amI4C9 ) that police are getting more calls for alcohol- and drug-related crimes, traffic incidents and disorderly conduct.

Archbold and two doctoral students have interviewed officers from eight law enforcement agencies. The study will not be completed until later this year.

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Information from: The Dickinson Press, http://www.thedickinsonpress.com

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