By this spring the Federal Bureau of Investigation will have agents on the ground in Williston, North Dakota, reports the Williston Herald.
Earlier this week a spokesman for Sen. John Hoeven appeared before the Williston City Commission to relay the latest update on the recently announced FBI field office. Last week, the agency stated that it had chosen a location near the Badlands Town Center, the same development housing the new post office. The FBI office will not be part of the complex, however.
The new building will be a standalone property and is being constructed by Triland Holdings. Ground breaking on the site is scheduled for May, and construction is expected to be completed by September. Agents will begin working the Williston field and surrounding Bakken area in May. Jon Cameron, speaking on behalf of Sen. Hoeven, said, “It’s a welcome addition to western North Dakota.”
In last week’s formal announcement, the agency stated that it expects the Williston office will be fully staffed by later this year. FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said it is currently unclear how many agents will be stationed there, but it will likely be staffed at levels similar to other regional field offices. Last week Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said the permanent office is much needed for controlling crime in the region.