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Last Friday, Colonel John Butler appointed Trooper Randy Starkey, a seven year Patrol veteran stationed in Lusk, as the new Academy Coordinator Sergeant for the Patrol. Sergeant Starkey takes over the position for recently promoted Lieutenant Chris Schell who now supervises the Casper area road division. Sergeant Starkey will be responsible for coordinating, facilitating and supervising the Patrol's recruit training program at the Wyoming Highway Patrol Basic Academy and serve as the agency liaison with the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy. This position is key as Sergeant Starkey will be the...
On January 15th, recruits with the Wyoming Highway Patrol put their classroom training to use during a size and weight detail at the Casper Port-of-Entry. Troopers and staff assigned to the Commercial Vehicle section were on hand to educate and support the training of the recruits currently in the W.H.P. Academy. The training is used to ensure compliance with the size and weight statutes and regulations. 22 of 160 trucks that came through the port during the six hour detail were inspected. Five of the trucks inspected were found to be overweight. One of the five trucks was 13,000 plus pounds...
December 31st marked Lieutenant Nate Hughes' last day with the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Lieutenant Hughes joined the Patrol on September 04th, 1990 and was initially stationed in Wamsutter as a Patrolman. In 1996, Patrolman Hughes transferred from Wamsutter to Jackson. In April of 2000, Trooper Hughes became the Motor Carrier Officer in Douglas. Trooper Hughes received his Lieutenant's bars in February of 2003 when he was promoted to the division supervisor in Jackson. In 2005, Lieutenant Hughes transferred back to Douglas as the division supervisor for the Douglas, Glenrock and Lusk areas where...
Wyoming State Trooper Mark Shinost has served the citizens and motorists of Wyoming for the past 25 years. Mark was recently diagnosed with cancer. Troopers in Mark's Division F and across the state are growing mustaches out in support of Mark in his battle with cancer. We invite and challenge everyone else in the Wyoming Highway Patrol to show Mark your support and grow your mustaches out as well! We extend this challenge to other law enforcement and public safety personnel, friends of Mark, and anyone else wanting to participate. In doing so, we want to tell Mark that "We've got your back",...
The Wyoming Highway Patrol's enhanced enforcement efforts continue on WY 59 between Douglas and Gillette. Troopers have been working altered shifts and additional troopers are being brought in from other divisions to assist with the efforts to increase highway safety on WY 59. Attention has been focused on general traffic enforcement with special attention on the contributing factors identified in fatal crashes for 2014. Commercial vehicle violations that are commonly investigated by our troopers and often called in as complaints by local motorists have also been given special attention. From...
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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