Danny Weigel was born and raised in Grand Forks attending St. Michael's Elementary School, Valley Middle School, and Central High School. After graduation from Central High School, Danny attended the University of North Dakota and Lake Region State College earning an Associates Degree in Law Enforcement and a Bachelors Degree in Communications. Danny is currently a student at Liberty University working toward his Masters Degree in Executive Leadership.
Danny started his career in law enforcement with the Walsh County Sheriff's Office in Grafton, North Dakota. During his time in Walsh County, Danny gained knowledge of civic service, warrants, jail operations, transports of prisoners and other crucial areas of running an efficient sheriff’s office.
Danny then returned back to Grand Forks to take a position with the University of North Dakota Police Department as a patrol officer. During his time at UND, Danny has had the opportunity to work in multiple fields including patrol, investigations, administration, public information, emergency management, and as a Grand Forks Regional SWAT Team Operator.
Danny was instrumental in establishing both the K9 Unit and Public Information Department at UND under the direction of Associate Vice President and Chief of Police Eric Plummer. Danny was in charge of securing funding for the departments first K9 Unit and did so by building relationships with students and citizens around the campus area. The funding for K9 Ben was established through the Association of Residence Halls on the University of North Dakota Campus. The student lead organization in partnership with the UND Police Department donated a total of $55,000.00 to establish the K9 Unit.
The Public Information Section within the UND Police Department has been known locally and nationally as the #BestCopsAround due to their positive interactions with others through Social Media platforms. Danny began utilizing Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram while at the UND Police Department to build trust and open the lines of communication with the citizens they serve. These social media accounts have gained thousands of followers, many of which people depend on for information regarding safety alerts throughout the UND and Grand Forks communities.
In 2017, Danny was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served as the Interim Associate Director of Emergency Management. Danny currently serves as a Shift Commander and Public Information Officer. Danny received his Command College Certification through Northwestern's School of Police Staff and Command in February of 2018.
While serving at the University of North Dakota Police Department, Danny also undertook another form of public service to his community. In June of 2016, Danny was elected by the citizens of Grand Forks to represent them on the Grand Forks City Council representing Ward 1. During his time on the City Council Danny has had an impact in creating and positively impacting city budgets all while keeping the quality of life high for citizens in Grand Forks. Danny has also championed for legislation to help keep our communities safer on behalf of the City of Grand Forks regarding law enforcement jurisdiction.
Danny currently resides in Grand Forks with his family.
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