Summary Box: Police prep for Bakken oil boom

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Posted: Apr 23, 2012 2:50 PM
Summary Box: Police prep for Bakken oil boom

BOOM TOWN CRIME: Booming oil production across a wide expanse of the Northern Plains is forcing law enforcement from the U.S. and Canada to gird for a spike in crimes ranging from drug trafficking and gun offenses to prostitution.

DEMOGRAPHICS: Officials say up to 30,000 workers could descend on the Bakken oil fields of Montana, North Dakota and Saskatchewan in the next few years.

TRIGGER: The recent kidnapping and brutal murder of Montana teacher Sherry Arnold has drawn more attention to the changes brought on by the rapid pace of drilling.