By Larry Griffin
By Larry Griffin and posted in Williston Herald January 29, 2014
Russell Anthony is one of several new police officers who will be patrolling Williston this year.
The 22-year-old Anthony originally decided to be an officer because his aunt and uncle were in law enforcement.
“I followed in their footsteps,” he said. “I’d been dreaming [of being a cop] ever since I was a kid. It’s all I ever had planned. I always saw myself being a cop.”
He came from Las Vegas five years ago and has been working in North Dakota since then. He completed his schooling at the Lake Region State College in Devils Lake.
“I did my schooling last year,” he said. “I wanted to get all my stuff together before I applied to the academy.”
In comparison to the small North Dakota towns Anthony has been living in since he arrived in the state, Williston is a step up. He called it “definitely busy.”
So what concerns him as he begins his career?
“Just that I’m new and inexperienced so far. I’m not worried about anything else; just my lack of knowledge,” he said.
Despite a lack of experience, Anthony said he hopes to contribute to the police force immediately.
“I strive to be the best,” he said. “I work hard. I am determined to progress in the field.”
Anthony, when not working, loves outdoor sports such as snowmobiling, sports and fishing. But his favorite thing to do outside of work is spending time with his 6-month-old daughter.
“That’s my real number one right there,” he said.