Devils Lake Police Department welcomes new officer to the force

Chuck Wickenhofer

The Devils Lake Police Department has gained a new officer: Tyler Czarnowsky, formerly a corrections officer in Baltimore, Maryland, was sworn in during a ceremony Monday.

Czarnowsky is new to the region, having moved to Devils Lake a week ago, but this isn’t his first time in the city.

“I visited here last year in March to visit one of my friends, I came out here on spring break,” Czarnowsky said. “I absolutely fell in love with the area, and I visited Devils Lake. I fell in love with the department and the people in the community around here.”

Czarnowsky recently completed his training, which brought him to North Dakota four months ago.

“I actually moved here in January, I was in Minot doing the Peace Officer Training Academy,” Czarnowsky said. “It’s a four month program. I did a ride along with Minot PD and I did a ride along with the jail as well, just to get a sense of how different departments work. (I took) bits and pieces of everything that (I learned) to be able to mold it into the person and the officer that (I) want to be.”

One aspect of his new job that Czarnowsky wants to focus on is community relations. He believes that his experiences with the community in Baltimore has prepared him for success in Devils Lake and the region.

“Working and living in Baltimore, you experience a lot of different things that people who might live out here or other rural areas of the country might not experience,” Czarnowsky said. “You have a lot of diversity, and you are able to interact with people of all different races and cultures. It kind of opens your eyes to some of the problems that we have in society, people who need help who are not necessarily getting it, or who have issues with the police department, thinking that people are being segregated.

“With the experience that I have and being able to interact with all types of different people, communities, and cultures, being here you have a lot of diversity, especially with the reservation,” Czarnowsky continued. “Being able to tap into that experience that I have, being able to talk to people, being able to understand that everybody might not have the same views or outlook on life (helps). While I might not always agree with the way someone wants to approach a different situation, I’m able to take a step back and understand that it might not necessarily be the wrong way.”

His desire to make a positive impact on the community is what motivated Czarnowsky to become a police officer.

“I wanted to go out and try to make a difference; I’ve done a lot of different community-oriented things back in Maryland,” Czarnowsky said. “Having the background that I do with the criminal justice degree, it made me realize that I needed to do something, and this is the way I chose to do it.”

Czarnowsky sees himself as a career policeman in Devils Lake.

“I’d like to stay in Devils Lake. I do like the area, very good hunting, very good fishing,” Czarnowsky said. “It’s a nice area to live. I’d like to stay here for my career and move up through the ranks eventually, come in and try to make a difference in helping not only here, but the surrounding areas as well.

“I’m very excited to be here. One of the things that drew me here is that it’s a bigger city, but it has that small town community feel,” Czarnowsky added.

“Everybody knows everybody, and it’s a very tight-knit community, Czarnowsky said. “I appreciate the Devils Lake Police Department and the community for accepting me in here and giving me an opportunity to make a difference.”