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LOCAL HERO | KEVIN PALLAS Sgt. Pallas was initially drawn to Fargo because, “We have so many different divisions. I knew that a larger department is going to give a person more opportunities to experience and challenge oneself. <strong>The</strong> more you can do and experience, it’s fulfilling, and it gives you a purpose.” Sgt. Pallas was promoted to Sergeant in March of 2001 and has since served in several different positions including in the roles of Defensive Tactics Instructor, Police Training Officer, Training Sergeant, and the Negotiator Team Leader for the Red River Valley SWAT team. “Being in a larger, progressive department that really is looking forward as our administrators do, there are so many opportunities to be able to go into. We’re very fortunate that we have support with our administration as well as our city commission going forward with having the best equipment, the best training, and the best facilities,” said Sgt. Pallas. Steadfast Supervising With 12 officers currently reporting to Sgt. Pallas, he maintains a full schedule. “I strive to keep the programs that I oversee operating in the best way possible by allowing new things to come into play, always looking forward and not just settling on what we’ve done to date,” said Sgt. Pallas. Some of the projects that Sgt. Pallas is grateful to have overseen include the Unity and the It’s Time music videos, Fargo United, summer youth camp, an outdoor activity summer program, and a collaborative school assemblies initiative created with the CTO team. With the CLO program, most recently, CLO Vince Kempf and CTO David Carlson started a New American swimming program. Through the support of Sammons Financial, the pair partnered with Concordia College and Family Wellness Center to offer swimming lessons for New American children to help them build confidence in the water. <strong>The</strong> program was developed by both officers after two tragic drowning accidents during the summer of 2018 in the FM area involving New American children. At 18 years old, the SRO program serves as a resource for the schools, to build relationships with the students and do enforcement action when necessary. <strong>The</strong>re is an officer in each middle school and high school. 32 / THE GOOD LIFE / urbantoadmedia.com
Ultimately, the program acts as a liaison between the police department and the school district. Contrastingly, the PLO program is fairly new at just over a year old. PLO Josh Marvig works to make a connection with the parks, to be visible in the parks, and during park engagements with the community. Sgt. Pallas cites the most motivating part of his work as the officers he supervises and works with daily. “I’ve been a supervisor for 18 years out of my 23 years here and working with officers that do everything that they possibly can to provide the best service is extremely inspiring. <strong>The</strong>y always come up with great, positive ideas. That’s what’s so inspiring about working with officers who have vision, energy, excitement, and youth, I might add. It’s fantastic seeing some of these guys that are in their 20s and 30s have that energy and motivation to make Fargo a better place,” said Sgt. Pallas. Coping With <strong>The</strong> Job Working in law enforcement for 34 years does not come without its challenges. As such, Sgt. Pallas has been exposed to several difficult situations and experiences. “Having somebody in my life over the course of my career who has been with me right from the very start of the academy – she’s been my rock.” – Kevin Pallas PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY: KEVIN PALLAS “We see the darker side of things. Especially when it comes to people hurting each other, people passing sooner than they obviously should due to violence or automobile accidents. Anything like that is always tough to see. Abuse and domestic violence, of course, are always difficult to be a part of too,” said Sgt. Pallas. Resources available to Fargo police officers include the Employee Assistance Program through the Village available for communication needs and the Peer Assistant Crisis Team which is comprised of nearly a dozen officers available to be confided in and for conversation when needed. Talking with those resources, along with family, has proven extremely helpful for Sgt. Pallas in working through some of the tougher situations he’s been exposed to. “I’m very fortunate; I’ve been married to the same girl, my high school sweetheart, for my whole career. Kris and I dated in high school and we got married a year after graduation. Having somebody in my life over the course of my career who has been with me right from the very start of the academy - she’s been my rock. My colleagues have been supportive as well. We’re very close in law enforcement so to be able to talk through things is important. So, over the years to have that connection with my wife and to be able to communicate with her has been huge. I’m not necessarily sharing all the details, but I am able to communicate generalities of some of the darker things, and, of course, all the great things too,” said Sgt. Pallas. urbantoadmedia.com / THE GOOD LIFE / 33