State Criminal Justice Profile

North Dakota

BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $2 million* in state and local funds to North Dakota.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $481,818
Justice Assistance Grant Program—7 Local Awards $190,803
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $1,456,343

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Office of Attorney General 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 BJA FY 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program $481,818

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Cass County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Cass-Fargo Collaborative Project $63,452
City of Bismarck 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Equipment for Firearms and Less-Than-Lethal Equipment Acquisition $34,248
City of Grand Forks 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 Byrne JAG $23,399
City of Minot 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Equipment Upgrade $19,059
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court Probation Assistance Program $18,920
Three Affiliated Tribes 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Three Affiliated Tribes Probation Department Enhancement Project $17,006
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $14,719

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Bank of North Dakota 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 North Dakota FY 2014 John R. Justice Program $30,467
Office of Attorney General 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $42,244
Office of Attorney General 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Auditing Funding Project $15,120
Office of Attorney General 08/01/2012 – 07/31/2015 FY 2014 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Reallocation Funds $30,240
Spirit Lake Tribe 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Justice System Enhancement Program $588,810
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Turtle Mountain Healing to Wellness Court $749,462

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 104

Sworn Officers: 1,471

City     County     Tribal     State*     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 94% of the 104 law enforcement agencies in North Dakota have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 20% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.
Note: Detail may sum to less than 100% due to rounding.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 1 officer was feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and no officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 131 officers were assaulted (0.26% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for North Dakota:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 1,712 1,954 14.1
Murder and Manslaughter 28 16 -42.9
Forcible Rape* 272 560 N/A
Robbery 131 162 23.7
Aggravated Assault 1,281 1,446 12.9
Property Crime 14,063 15,148 7.7
Burglary 2,377 2,934 23.4
Larceny-Theft 10,535 10,798 2.5
Motor Vehicle Theft 1,151 1,416 23.0
*This state’s agencies submitted rape data according to the revised UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (30,642) increased 5.36% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests increased 10.80% (585), and property-related arrests decreased 5.51% (2,947).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Temporary Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    District Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    Municipal Court


Prisoner Admissions: 1,222
Prisoner Releases: 1,173
Total Prisoners: 1,513

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 4
Recidivism Rate*: 35.0%
Top Offenses: Drug offense, murder, terrorizing (FY 2013)

Source: North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
*The recidivism rate includes any new convictions or technical violations of offenders within 36 months of release from prison.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC), a RISS Center, serves North Dakota. There are 119 North Dakota criminal justice agencies that are members of MOCIC.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

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In North Dakota, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Network of 5 multijurisdictional drug, gang, and violent crime task forces across the state. In an effort to maximize federal support, the funds are blended with 45 percent set aside from the state lottery fund and matched with 35 percent of local funding, along with noncash resource contributions, to provide statewide task force coverage. Noncash contributions include personnel, overtime, vehicles, equipment, and operational support. North Dakota also pays the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to provide oversight and training to 5 additional task forces within the state. As part of the state’s response to its oil boom, the task forces have expanded the types of crime they investigate, with an increasing focus on gangs, violent crime, and organized crime cases. Task forces also address growing issues with human trafficking.

  • Forensic interviewing and examination services through the Sanford Health Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC). Funds support culturally competent and age-appropriate forensic interviewing, examination, and intervention services for children who are victims of crime or witnesses to it. DCAC is a resource for law enforcement officers, parents, and youth in the city of Bismarck and Burleigh County, as well as the larger region, including central and western North Dakota.

  • Network of 16 domestic violence programs across the state that are run by local nonprofits. These service providers assist victims of domestic violence with shelter support, counseling, education, accompaniment, and advocacy services and help with victim’s compensation when appropriate.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation Dallas Carlson, Director

North Dakota At-A-Glance

Total Population: 723,393
Population Under 18: 162,688
Population Over 65: 102,815

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation Dallas Carlson, Director

Local Governments: 2,685
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 4
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: Christopher C. Myers—District of North Dakota, Fargo Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Department of Emergency Services Homeland Security Division Greg Wilz, Director

Drug Courts: 17
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center