The Williston Police Department continues to work hard at keeping crime at bay in the city known as the Western Star. Williston Police Chief David Peterson released the department's annual report to city commissioners at their meeting on March 12.

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David Peterson - Williston Police Chief

Chief Peterson reported that the department handled more than 39,000 calls last year While that number seems large, it's because it's about 2000 more than last year. Chief Peterson went on to say his department witnessed an increase in drug- and domestic violence-related calls last year.

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Williston Police K9 Officers/Dogs

Williston police used their three K9 units to seize thousands of dollars in drugs and removed several firearms off the streets.

Here is what was removed from Williston's streets, according to the report:

  • Cocaine: 128.2 grams
  • Fentanyl: 6396 pills
  • Firearms: 13
  • Hash: 4.1 grams
  • Heroin: 6.9 grams
  • Marijuana: 1105.3 grams
  • Meth: 5665 grams
  • Paraphernalia Items: 769
  • US Currency: $7237.00

With the number of drugs seized, the department reported 30 overdoses and 7 drug-related deaths. Peterson also reported that Narcan was administered 8 times in 2023.

The report went on to say there were no homicides or murders in the city of Williston for the second year in a row.

Traffic accidents for 2023 were up from last year as well. There were 608 auto accidents in Williston last year, up from 529 in 2022.

Let's take a look at some other numbers. There are several members of the WPD that deserve recognition for all their years of service to the citizens of Williston. We are a better and safer community with all of these people doing what they do daily.

All deserve a salute, but these people listed in the annual report

  • Lucas Brinkman: 5 years of service
  • Jory Forsberg: 5 years of service
  • Alexis Haggerty: 5 years of service
  • Yulissa Jimenez: 5 years of service
  • Eric Keyes: 5 years of service
  • Anthony Mann: 5 years of service
  • Gregory Oster: 5 years of service
  • Carli Wade: years of service
  • Jesse Weicht: 5 years of service
  • Jason Barten: 10 years of service
  • Daniel Dery: 10 years of service
  • Jonathan Holter: 10 years of service
  • Walter Hall: 15 years of service
  • David Peterson: 15 years of service

You can read the full report here.

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