Killdeer Police Officer
BY BRYAN GALLEGOS
Dunn County Herald
Some people call the police for help, but Nick Demuse believes law enforcement called him.
Demuse is the newest member of the Killdeer Police Department. He was hired on Oct. 3 and when he accepted the job, it was the culmination of a dream that started when he was 10 years old in St. Paul, Minn.
“I knew back then I wanted to be a police officer,” said the 25-year-old Demuse. “It was more of a calling.”
So while the other children were playing cops and robbers, Demuse knew it was not a game.
And that attitude magnified even more when he was 15 and joined the Civil Air Patrol. One of his sponsors was a retired police officer.
After graduating from high school, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Dakota in 2014.
He then attended Lake Region State College in Grand Forks for the Police Officers Standards Training.
After completing the three-month training, Demuse set out to make his childhood dream a reality.
He applied to departments in Minnesota and North Dakota. And when Killdeer called, Demuse came running.
“This is the first job I’ve had, where I don’t wake up and say, ‘darn, I have to go to work today,’” Demuse said with a smile.
He has a nice smile, one that exudes both confidence and humility.
“I don’t think of this as a job,” he said. “It’s a service to the community.”
He chose to head west to enjoy the open spaces and rural settings. Having grown up in the big city, Demuse felt there was a “better sense of community out west.”
Although he was trained to be a police officer in a big city, he is learning to be a police officer in a small town.
““You really have to get along with the community and find ways to bring the community together,” he said.
That’s right down his alley, with honesty, integrity and having an open mind being his strengths, he said.
“I want to be fair with everybody. That’s kind of my strong suit,” Demuse said.