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WHP TROOPER CLASS 91 COMMISSIONED

WHP TROOPER CLASS 91 COMMISSIONED

Date: 05/27/2016 

It takes a special person to become a Wyoming State Trooper. They have to be willing to give much more then they will ever get back. They have to be committed to serve and protect all people in Wyoming with courtesy, professionalism and integrity. Our newest troopers are up to the challenge. The Trooper Basic Academy has concluded and the members of the academy recently commissioned (May 26th) where they took their oaths of office and transitioned from their "Recruit" badges to their official badges in front of family and friends. The ceremony marked the 91st graduated Wyoming Highway Patrol Academy...

Mock Fatal Crash

Mock Fatal Crash

Date: 05/17/2016 

The Wyoming Highway Patrol, along with other local law enforcement, first responders, members of the criminal justice system and school administration, hosted a mock fatal car crash at the Pinedale High School on Monday, May 16th.   Traffic crashes are one of the leading causes of death for Wyoming teenagers, primarily due to inexperience behind the wheel, poor seat belt use and risk-taking behaviors such as speeding, texting, and other distracted driving. Alcohol use can also be a major factor in teen crashes, especially during prom and graduation seasons.   The goal of the mock crash was to educate...

High Visibility Enforcement Detail

High Visibility Enforcement Detail

Date: 05/17/2016 

Cheyenne area Troopers conducted a High Visibility Enforcement Detail on May 13th during commuter traffic this morning with great success as no crashes occurred during the detail. Multiple tickets and warnings were issued along with one drug arrest. 

2016 Peace Officer Memorial Week

2016 Peace Officer Memorial Week

Date: 05/14/2016 

As Peace Officer Memorial Week 2016 begins, we remember and honor the ultimate sacrifice made by Wyoming Highway Patrolman Pete Visser, Wyoming Highway Patrol State Trooper Chris Logsdon, the 128 officer deaths in 2015, the 35 lost to date in 2016 and all others in years past.    On October 09th, 1981, Patrolman Pete Visser was investigating a crash when the parked patrol car he was seated in was struck from behind by a drunk driver in a pickup truck. Patrolman Visser suffered critical head and neck injuries from the crash. Patrolman Visser succumbed to his injuries three days later on October...

STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED AFTER I-90 PURSUIT

STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED AFTER I-90 PURSUIT

Date: 05/03/2016 

A Rapid City, South Dakota man is in custody after leading Wyoming law enforcement on a 70 mile long pursuit in a stolen vehicle on Interstate 90.   A Wyoming State Trooper initially stopped a 2005 Jeep Cherokee around 5:30 p.m. on May 2nd for speeding at mile post 142 on I-90 westbound approximately 13 miles east of Gillette, Wyoming. The Jeep had no license plates which prompted the Trooper to check the Jeep's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The check on the VIN revealed that the Jeep had been stolen out of Rapid City, South Dakota on that same day (May 2nd).    With the discovery of the...

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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