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Published May 26, 2013, 04:37 PM

Researchers look at crime in the oil patch

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Police are definitely busier in the oil patch these days, but researchers say it's not exactly the Wild West.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Police are definitely busier in the oil patch these days, but researchers say it's not exactly the Wild West.

An NDSU criminal justice associate professor is studying the impact of the oil boom on law enforcement. Carol Archbold says violent crimes are not increasing as fast as people think.

She interviewed multiple officers from 8 agencies, and found police are getting more calls for alcohol and drug related crimes, traffic incidents and disorderly conduct.

The study will be finished later this year.

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