Luther Family Ford Salute to Law Enforcement

Recent events have reminded us how important our friends in law enforcement are to our community. Luther Family Ford and AM 1100 The Flag WZFG are proud to recognize those officers and honor them for their service to our community. Each month, one officer from the Fargo-Moorhead area will be recognized on air on the Need to Know Morning show on WZFG. Check below for our current and previous honorees.

Officer John Lien

Moorhead Police Department

January, 2017
Officer John Lien has worked for the Moorhead Police Department for over 17 years. While working in the patrol division, Officer Lien has additionally been successful in several special assignments. Officer Lien was a Canine Handler for 10 years with two different canine partners, “Milo” and “Hickok”. Officer Lien previously served for 5 years as a Field Training Officer for new police officers and 5 years as a department Use of Force and Defensive Tactics trainer. Recently due to a high number of new recruits, he re-applied and is currently a Field Training Officer sharing his experience with these newest members of the department. Another significant contribution that Officer Lien is primarily responsible for is the newly created Moorhead Police Chaplain Program. Recognizing the need and benefits of having additional support for our officers, their families, and citizens, John began coordinating this program over 2 years ago. The Police Chaplain Program became active in October 2016 with 5 police chaplains that have made themselves available to serve in the many capacities that they have the potential to experience through the police department. We are grateful for their willingness to serve our community in this way and for Officer Lien’s dedication to improving the service provided through the Moorhead Police Department.

Officer Jeff Theraldson

Barnesville Police Department

December, 2016
Officer Jeff Tharaldson has been with the Barnesville Police Department since 2003. He is the Barnesville School Resource Officer (SRO) during the school year and is a patrol officer during the summer. Officer Tharaldson is a certified D.A.R.E. Instructor.

Officer Mark Pearson

Barnesville Police Department

December, 2016
Officer Mark Pearson has been with the Barnesville Police Department since 1999. He is a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and is on the Barnesville Fire and Ambulance Departments. He is a firearms instructor, Taser instructor and defensive tactics instructor.

Officer Ryan Beattie

Barnesville Police Department

December, 2016
Officer Ryan Beattie has been with the Barnesville Police Department since 2009. He is a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and is on the Barnesville Fire and Ambulance Departments.

Officer Chris Olson

Barnesville Police Department

December, 2016
Officer Chris Olson has been with the Barnesville Police Department since 1999. He is a certified Law Enforcement Security Assessment Specialist.

Officer Gary Bommersbach

West Fargo Police Department

November, 2016
Officer Gary Bommersbach started with the West Fargo Police Department in 1984 as a patrol officer. Officer Bommersbach has had many positions in the West Fargo Police Department to include Investigations, Field Training Officer, and Patrol Sergeant. Officer Bommersbach’ s current assignment is Truck Regulatory Officer, where he is continuing his long and successful career.

Deputy Lance Kitzan

Cass County Sheriff's Office

October, 2016
Deputy Lance Kitzan has served with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office since December of 2009 where he began his career as a full time Correctional Officer in the Corrections Division. In October of 2010 Deputy Kitzan completed the Field Readiness Training program and began working as a part time Patrol Deputy in the Patrol Unit of the Field Services Division and continued working as a part time Correction Officer in the Corrections Division. In September of 2011 Deputy Kitzan was selected to become a member of the Motorcycle Patrol Unit and in December of 2011 he was selected to become a member of the Airboat Rescue Unit. Deputy Kitzan was promoted for a full time position to the rank of Patrol Deputy in the Patrol Unit of the Field Services Division in January of 2012. In June of 2012 Deputy Kitzan was selected to become a member of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard. Deputy Kitzan was selected as a Field Training Officer in the Patrol Unit of the Field Services Division in January of 2015. In 2015 Deputy Kitzan was selected as the 2015 Deputy of the Year.

Special Agent James Shaw

ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation

September, 2016
James Shaw is a Special Agent for the State of North Dakota and is a licensed peace officer employed by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Office of North Dakota Attorney General, currently assigned to the Fargo, North Dakota, field office as a cyber crime investigator. S/A Shaw has been employed by the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office for 8 years and has been employed as a law enforcement officer for 22 years. S/A Shaw grew up in St. Paul, MN and attended NDSU after graduating high school. S/A Shaw was a member of the North Dakota Air National Guard and was employed by the Casselton Police Department and Fargo Police Department prior to working for the North Dakota BCI. SA Shaw is a member of the North Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children and is a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner and Certified Mobile Device Examiner.

Special Agent Michael Arel

Homeland Security

September, 2016
I am a North Dakota native, and a graduate of the University of North Dakota in 1996. I started my career in federal law enforcement in 1997 with the United States Secret Service. I spend almost four years with the USSS in both Washington D.C. and Las Vegas, NV. In 2001 I transferred from the USSS to the U.S. Customs Service (which would later become the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, or HSI). I have been in the HSI office in Grand Forks since 2001, investigating a wide range of criminal activity, including child exploitation, financial crimes, narcotics smuggling, immigration violations, and the exportation of sensitive technology. In recent years, the focus of most of my investigations has been in the area of child exploitation, working as a member of the North Dakota Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. I am married and have 3 wonderful children, ages 17, 16, and 12.

Special Agent Jesse Smith

ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation

September, 2016
Special Agent Jesse Smith started his career as Deputy with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office in Devils Lake, ND in 2005. During his five year tenure as a deputy, he joined the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force in 2008 and remained with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and ICAC until 2010. In 2010 SA Smith was hired by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and assigned to the Cyber Crime Unit. Since being hired by the ND BCI, he has become a certified computer forensic examiner by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists and by Access Data. He has also been certified in phone forensics by Cellebrite. He continues to be a member ICAC task force and continues his efforts to investigate these crimes.

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