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2016 U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Airshow Traffic Detail

2016 U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Airshow Traffic Detail

Date: 07/28/2016 

Thank you to all who attended the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds show on July 27th for Cheyenne Frontier Days. Our agency investigated ZERO crashes during the traffic detail. Public patience going in and coming out of the show along with show volunteers, WYDOT and law enforcement kept everyone safe. Oh, and the show itself was amazing as always too!

Safe 2 Sturgis

Safe 2 Sturgis

Date: 07/28/2016 

The Wyoming Highway Patrol will be partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Colorado State Patrol, the Wyoming Department of Transportation and the Colorado Department of Transportation to join forces to raise everyone's awareness of motorcycle safety and motorcycle enthusiasts traveling to the 76th annual Sturgis motorcycle rally. The campaign is titled Safe 2 Sturgis.      The goal of the campaign is to keep motorcyclists safe to and from summer motorcycle rallies. The campaign will start around August 1st and end around August 21st corresponding with the...

TROOPER INJURED RESPONDING TO SHOTS FIRED CALL

TROOPER INJURED RESPONDING TO SHOTS FIRED CALL

Date: 07/01/2016 

A Wyoming State Trooper was injured on June 30th after being involved in a two vehicle crash while responding to a shots fired call. The crash occurred at 2:30 p.m. on the 30th at mile post 163.63 on US Highway 20/26 near the eastern city limits of Glenrock, Wyoming.       The Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper involved in the crash is Trooper Joel Eldred. Trooper Eldred is a 12 year veteran with the Patrol and is stationed out of Glenrock.   Trooper Eldred was responding emergent to the "shots fired" call in Douglas with both the emergency lights and sirens activated on his Dodge Charger patrol car....

WHP TOP TROOPER AWARDED

WHP TOP TROOPER AWARDED

Date: 06/30/2016 

The annual WHP / Wyoming Highway Patrol Association Awards Banquet was help last Friday (June 24th) near Dayton to recognize members of Patrol for individual and group achievements and actions in 2015. Recognition given at the banquet consisted of awards from both the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Wyoming Highway Patrol Association.    WHP District Captains were asked to review and evaluate the performance of their respective employees and to nominate a Trooper to be considered for the “Trooper of the Year” award.  In doing so, the Captains were asked to consider the individual’s leadership qualities,...

TANKER CRASH EAST OF WRIGHT

TANKER CRASH EAST OF WRIGHT

Date: 06/27/2016 

Several thousand gallons of crude oil leaked from two tanker trailers after a crash occurred on Wyoming State Highway 450 on June 26th.   The crash occurred around 9:40 a.m. on the 26th after a commercial truck hauling a semi-trailer and a pup trailer containing crude oil rolled over. The truck was traveling east on Wyoming 450 near mile post 50 (approx. 15 miles east of Wright) when the truck traveled off the roadway into the south ditch. The driver, 39 year old Douglas, Wyoming resident Nathan Gibson, attempted to steer the truck back on the highway but was unsuccessful as the vehicle tripped...

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.  

 

What it takes to become a WHP Dispatcher:
·         Provide a communications link between the public & emergency services
 
·         Ensure officers receive necessary assistance and backup with an emphasis on officer safety
 
·         Process trooper initiated traffic stops and/or any other situations requiring trooper response
·         Direct emergency response to motor vehicle crashes and other emergency situations
 
·         Send medical assistance to the injured
 
·         Direct aid to disabled motorists
 
·         Document officer activities and event details
 
·         Provide officers with information from computerized law enforcement files
 
·         Furnish information to other law enforcement, the public and numerous other agencies
 
Typically no two days are the same for a WHP dispatcher, which certainly provides for a variety within their daily scope of duties.
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