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A single vehicle crash on August 29th has the resulted in the death of 26 year old Sonny J. Duran of Ft Washakie, Wyoming. The crash occurred on Wyoming State Highway 132 near mile post 12 at 7:24 p.m. approximately 21 miles north of Lander, Wyoming. Duran was driving a 2003 Nissan sedan northbound on WY 132 when the car drifted off the right shoulder. The Nissan was overcorrected and eventually entered the southbound ditch where the vehicle tripped and rolled. Duran was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected during the crash. He sustained fatal injuries on scene. Six passengers in the car,...
Wyoming Highway Patrol Dispatcher Tracey Schlimm has been serving the public and answering calls for service with Patrol for almost 17 years. At this week's Wyoming Peace Officers Association (WPOA) Awards Banquet, she was recognized as WPOA's 2015 Dispatcher of the Year. Dispatcher Schlimm started with the Wyoming Highway Patrol on November 2, 1998 and is currently a senior Communications Training Officer in WHP Dispatch. In a letter of nomination for the award from Dispatcher Schlimm's supervisor, Cara Moore, it was made very clear why Schlimm was such a strong candidate. "Tracey thoroughly...
In an effort to reduce serious injury and fatality crashes on our Nation’s interstate system, the Wyoming Highway Patrol will be participating in a multi-state traffic safety initiative that will be in effect August 28th through August 30th on Interstates 80 and 35. The I-80 / I-35 initiative will place a strong law enforcement presence on Interstate 80 and Interstate 35. Interstate 80 transverses eleven states including Wyoming), starting in California and ending in New Jersey. Interstate 35 transverses six states, beginning in Minnesota and ending in Texas. Both interstate systems serve as major...
In some states they are called cruisers, others refer to them as squads. In the Cowboy State they are referred to as a patrol car. A state's Highway Patrol, State Police or Department of Public Safety not only protects and serves everyone in their state, but also serve as representatives and ambassadors for their state on a daily basis. These agencies are most commonly associated with the unique design schemes of their patrol cars. The American Association of State Troopers (AAST) is conducting their "Best Looking Cruiser" contest and the Wyoming Highway Patrol is looking to win the friendly...
Pinedale area Trooper Matthew Brackin was promoted today to the rank of lieutenant as the Division K Supervisor that covers Teton County and Northern Lincoln County in Northwest Wyoming. Interim WHP Administrator Lieutenant Colonel Shannon Ratliff made the promotion official this morning congratulating Lt. Brackin as he takes the helm in Jackson on September 1st. Lt. Brackin has served with Patrol since April of 2002 with Duty Stations in Wamsutter, Rock Springs and Pinedale. Lt. Brackin is replacing Lt. Tom Kelly who retired at the end of June of this year.
Although the Patrol's first official day of existence was June 1, 1933, its roots go back another 12 years. Paving the way for establishing the Patrol was the dissolution of the Wyoming Department of Law Enforcement, which had been created to enforce liquor prohibition laws. The department's duties were later broadened to include enforcement of motor vehicle laws. By early 1933, prohibition was nearing an end contributing to the sentiment that an agency created to enforce "dry" laws was no longer needed.
Realizing that something was needed to fill this freshly created void in state law enforcement, Govenor Miller went before the Highway Commission and proposed establishing a Highway patrol. The Commission concurred. On May 23, 1933 the Highway Commission confirmed Captain George "Red" Smith as the first Commander of the patrol and hired six patrolmen to cover the state. The Patrolmen were paid $175 a month, were furnished an automobile, uniforms and Sam Browne belts and Brown riding boots.
Although June 1st was supposed the first day of existence, it was almost a week later before the new patrol cars were delivered and the seven men could begin their new duties.
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