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Watford City Police Officer Receives State Award

Watford City Police Officer Receives State Award

For Immediate Release: May 16 2018

Watford City, ND- Watford City Police Officer Brandon Kindred was selected to receive the North Dakota Department of Transportation’s (NDDOT) Traffic Safety Beyond the Traffic Stop Award, which was presented to him early this May. He received this award for his exceptional attention to detail and removing drugs from our streets.
In September 2017, Officer Kindred observed a vehicle traveling with a license plate obstructed and failed to show registration. As a result of this traffic stop, approximately four pounds of methamphetamine were seized along with two handguns from a convicted felon.
“Officer Kindred’s attention to detail and recalling valuable intelligence information shared by the Northwest Narcotics Drug Task Force assisted him with this arrest. He has made numerous drug arrests with the assistance of his K9 partner, Kilo. Officer Kindred is a valuable asset to Watford City Police Department,” says Assistant Chief Jesse Wellen with Watford City Police Department. “With officers like him, we can move towards achieving the state’s Vision Zero goal which is zero motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads.”
The North Dakota Department of Transportation receives nominations each year for the following awards: Traffic Safety Officer of the Year, Beyond the Traffic Stop, Drug Recognition Expert Officer of the Year, Child Passenger Safety Awards, Traffic Safety Honor Roll and a Traffic Safety Media Award.
Vision Zero is North Dakota’s primary traffic safety initiative aimed at zero fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads. For more information on North Dakota’s Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, visit  

Lead Agencies:

ND State Highway Patrol
ND Department of Health