Downtown Resource Officer (DRO)
The Fargo Police Department has two officers specifically assigned to provide enhanced police services to the downtown area. This officer is called a Downtown Resource Officers (DRO). The DRO's job is to help promote a revitalized, safe and clean downtown that will appeal to citizens and visitors.
In addition to the Downtown Resource Officers, nine other officers are assigned to the downtown area and divided among various shifts. Listed below are some special projects and areas of focus for the DRO and other officers assigned to the downtown area.
Downtown Community Partnership
The Downtown Community Partnership (DCP) is an organization established to ensure the future of a healthy downtown neighborhood that will serve as a base for Fargo's continued growth and prosperity. The DCP dedicates its work toward a vital and vibrant city center that will not only be an asset to citizens of Fargo, but also to the businesses that serve them. The DCP believes that for a downtown to be truly great, it must be maintained and marketed by an effective, imaginative and energetic collaboration of local interests. The DROs maintain regular contact with the DCP.
All officers assigned to the downtown area focus their attention on violations of law that affect the quality of life for people living, working and visiting there. The DROs and other downtown officers are active on bicycle and foot patrols, which help them achieve enforcement objectives.
All officers assigned to the downtown area closely monitor any active or potential transient camp activity. The DROs and other downtown officers frequently patrol areas known for transient activity, particularly beneath downtown bridges, along the Red River and near the Burlington Northern rail line.
Downtown Download Meetings
The Downtown area supervisor regularly coordinates with the DCP to provide updates regarding unlawful behavior, quality of life issues, and current and future strategies to address these concerns through a "Downtown Download Meeting."