Grand Forks Police Department

  • Agency: Grand Forks Police Department
  • Address: 122 S 5th St # 123, Grand Forks, 58201 ND
  • Chief: John D Packett (Chief of Police)
Phone: 701-787-8000
Fax: (701) 780-8253

Grand Forks Police Department is located at 122 S 5th St # 123, Grand Forks, 58201 ND. The Chief of Police of the department is John D Packett. The Grand Forks Police Department phone number is 701-787-8000.

Grand Forks Police Department News

There will be no parking on DeMers Ave from the 400 block to the 00 block. No Parking signs will be in place, and will be enforced starting May 31st.

Cpl. Casetta had a chance to build some positive relationships at Ben Franklin school last Thursday. We are very lucky to have such great opportunities to interact - and have a little fun in the process!

Summer is here and that means Bike Patrol Officers are out for their annual training day today. They will be deployed throughout the summer and fall. Here is to a great bike season!🚲

The GFPD auction has been set. Saturday June 9th at 10am at our impound lot (1800 N 36th St). The gate will open at 9am. See the attached photos for a list of vehicles being auctioned. We will post a list of other items to be auctioned closer to the event.

Some friends from United Valley Bank decided to "Pop" in, and drop off some treats for Grand Forks Police Department officers. They even had a bag of special treats for our K9 officers! Thank you United Valley Bank!

A recent traffic study was conducted on Demers Ave and Gateway Dr, and it unfortunately showed a trend that probably won't surprise many. Vehicles are driving way too fast on those roadways, which are both posted at 40 mph. Officers will be conducting selective traffic enforcement on Demers Ave and Gateway Dr to help keep those roadways safe. Please watch your speed and buckle up!

From May 21 through June 3, officers from the Grand Forks Police Department will be participating in the nationwide 2018 Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign. This campaign is in partnership with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), and law enforcement agencies around the country. Officers will be in out in full force looking for seat belt and child restraint violations, as well as spreading the message that seat belt usage saves lives. In North Dakota, in 2017, one unbelted vehicle occupant died every 7 days, and one unbelted occupant was ejected every 11 days. 55% of North Dakota’s motor vehicle fatalities were not wearing a seat belt. Safety on our roadways is important, and is a combined effort of engineering, enforcement, education and emergency services. The state’s new traffic safety initiative, called “Vision Zero” has a primary goal to continually work toward zero motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads. Learn more at

Thanks to Choice Financial for bringing breakfast pizzas to the police department today. What a great, unexpected way to start a Friday!

Cpl. Lampi was honored to give Kelly Elementary Kindergarten student Lily Andruski a ride to school yesterday. Lily won the Holy Family-St. Mary's auction to be able to ride to school in a Police Car. Lily was also able to share her special morning with her fellow classmates. It was a fun morning to learn about Law Enforcement.

UPDATE: 05/18/18 The deceased individual from this incident is Kevin Nelson, 55, of Grand Forks. The injured individual is Carole Glomstad, 72, of Grand Forks. The two are mother and son. The Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) received a call from a citizen at approximately 0740 hrs on the morning of 05/17/18. According to the caller, they had heard what they thought may have been gunshots approximately 30 minutes prior. Responding officers were unable to locate any suspects in the area. At approximately 1130 hrs PSAP received a call from another citizen who reported a separate incident. According to the caller, they had just been on the phone with Glomstad and she indicated that Nelson had just discharged a firearm in her apartment. Early stages of the investigation suggest several rounds were fired outside resulting in the 0740 phone call to PSAP. No known injuries occurred as a result. Three hours later, at approximately 1130, there was a separate incident in which the death and injury occurred. Indications are that Glomstad was inadvertently struck by the single round fired inside the apartment. Investigation into this incident is active and ongoing, and anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Grand Forks Police Department by one of the below listed methods: Call:​701-787-8000 Electronic:​Submit a tip via the GFPD’s Facebook or website App:​ ​Submit a tip via the Tip411 app Original: On 05-17-2018, Grand Forks Police Department officers were dispatched to the 2500 block of 7th Avenue South on a Welfare Check with possible injuries. The reporting party was not on scene. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased male and a female who had sustained what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. Injuries sustained by both individuals appeared to be gunshot wounds. The injured female was transported to Altru. At this time, there is no indication of an ongoing threat to the general public. Names of persons involved in this incident are being withheld at this time, pending next of kin notifications. Investigation into this incident is active and ongoing, and anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Grand Forks Police Department using any of the below listed methods: Call:​701-787-8000 Electronic:​Submit a tip via the Grand Forks Police Department’s Facebook or website App:​ ​Submit a tip via the Tip411 app

Tips to Prevent Construction Site Theft: • Post Signs and Designate your work site's property ⛔️ • Control access onto your work site 🚧 • Install Cameras (game cameras are effective and inexpensive) 🎥 • Mark and have Product Identification Numbers on hand 📝 • Install GPS on large equipment 🚜 • Increase Visibility - Lighting💡Lighting💡Lighting💡

LOCK IT OR LOSE IT!!! We would like to remind everyone to do whatever you can to prevent theft from your vehicle, such as: • Lock your car doors. • Make sure windows and sunroofs are completely closed. • Park in a well-lighted and well-traveled area. • Do not store valuables in sight- Keep them in the trunk of the vehicle or out of sight. • Maintain a record of serial numbers or identifiable markings from all valuables. • Install a car alarm. Please report all suspicious activity to the Grand Forks Police Department at 701-787-8000. Remember: Lock it or Lose it

A special THANK YOU to Gate City Bank for organizing a “Teddy Bear Posse” collection. We will be able to use these teddy bears to help give comfort to littles ones that we encounter, who are having a rough day.

On Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 starting at 1400 hours the 8th Annual Northern Valley Police Week Memorial Service will take place. The event will take place on the front lawn of the Grand Forks County Courthouse. In case of inclement weather the service will be moved to Gambucci arena. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Local and state law enforcement from North Dakota and Minnesota agencies, federal law enforcement, the US Air Force and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will be participating in this event where we will be honoring fallen law enforcement officers from the Northern Red River Valley. The ceremony will include: the presentation of the colors, reading of roll call for fallen officers, a 21 gun-salute, Flag Folding, bagpipes, a helicopter fly-over (weather permitting) and more.

Cpl. Eberhardt, our evening shift Trust Officer, is providing a tutorial on some of the finer parts of Law Enforcement. Keep up the good work - maybe you can ask for some coffee next 😂

UPDATE: May 14, 2018 at 0810 hours Mr. Waldner has been located in Grand Forks, and is in good health. The Grand Forks Police Department would like to thank those that assisted in locating Mr. Waldner. Original: May 13, 2018 at 1842 hours The Grand Forks Police Department is requesting the assistance of the public in locating Jeremiah "Clifford" Waldner, 58-years-old, who was reported missing on the evening of May 12th, 2018. Waldner was last seen on Thursday morning (May 10th, 2018) at approximately 11:00 AM outside the apartment complex in which he lives. Waldner was last seen wearing a tan jacket, khaki pants, and a plaid button-up shirt. Waldner is 5’ 8" tall and approximately 190 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes. He does not own or operate any motor vehicles and is known to ride the city bus and/or walk around the City of Grand Forks. If anyone has any information on Waldner's location, please contact the Grand Forks Police Department. Phone: 701-787-8000 Tip: Submit a tip via our homepage or Facebook page, or use the Tip411 app on your smartphone.

You may have heard about a recent Burn Ban in Grand Forks County. With recent rainfall, the burn ban for Grand Forks County has been lifted. We urge continued caution when burning, and to notify your local fire department prior to burning. If conditions change, another burn ban could be put into effect. If any questions, contact Sheriff Bob Rost at 701-780-8280.

Cpl. Harvala, our evening shift Sector 2 Officer, is making friends and starting the first ever GFPD Feline Unit! This furry feline was located at 2105 Gateway Dr. The kitten was provided with a safe place to stay for the night. If you recognize Cpl. Harvala’s new friend, please contact the Circle of Friends Humane Society.

The East Grand Forks Police Department Association, Grand Forks Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #2, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Association, and Grand Forks County Deputy’s Association asked us to pass along some information on the upcoming LE 10-78 5k. Attached is the flyer and schedule of event on Saturday, May 12, 2018 for those that may be looking for it.

The Grand Forks Police Department is asking for assistance from the public in an attempt to identify the individual in the two photographs. The photographs were obtained from surveillance video and the quality of the photo’s lack definition and clarity. However, they do provide enough detail and show the unique design on the clothing that someone with knowledge of this individual should be able to recognize him. If you recognize this man please contact Sgt B. Wyatt at 701-787-8007.

Update 05/09/18 at 9:04 am. The male individual has been identified but we are still attempting to identify the female in the photograph below. Thank you for your continued assistance. ******************************* The Grand Forks Police Department is asking the public for assistance in identifying the two individuals shown in these surveillance images from Altru Health System. The Police Department is looking to identify and speak with these individuals in order to determine what the purpose of their visit was to Altru facilities during the month of April and May 2018. At this point in time neither of these individuals is suspected of committing any crime. Anyone with information on the identity of these individuals is asked to contact SGT Mike Jennings of the Grand Forks Police Department at 701-787-8012 or

The Grand Forks PD is encouraging kids to wear bike helmets. As a reward, officers will be handing out coupons for free ice cream cones at Dairy Queen and McDonald's and free buffet coupons at Pizza Ranch if we see a child wearing a bike helmet while on a bike. We would like to thank these businesses and AAA Auto Group, the Traffic Safety Foundation and Safe Kids for also helping to sponsor this event. Let's have a safe summer.

*********** UPDATE ********** Preliminary investigative results have determined that Astra Volk took the lives of her three children and then took her own life. All evidence gathered up to this point, as well as the preliminary autopsy findings, support this determination. As stated earlier, there is no threat to the general public and no additional suspects are being sought. The investigation remains open and active at this time. ********** UPDATE ********** The victims discovered today are identified as: Arianna Talmage, 6 years of age Aidan Talmage, 10 years of age Tyler Talmage, 14 years of age Astra Volk, 35 years of age, and biological mother of the three juveniles. All victims are Grand Forks residents. Preliminary indication is that all four victims died of gunshot wounds. A handgun was recovered at the scene. Next of kin have been notified. Investigation has not uncovered any ongoing threat to the general public. Preliminary indications are that the incident was limited to the residence where the bodies were found. No one is in custody regarding this incident, and no suspects are being sought at this time. If this assessment changes during the course of this investigation, the public will be updated. The 1000 block of south 12th Street remains closed to vehicular travel, and will remain so for this evening. This incident remains under active investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Grand Forks Police Department, utilizing any of the following methods: Call: 701-787-8000 Electronic: Submit a tip via the Grand Forks Police Department’s Facebook or website App: Submit a tip via the Tip411 app