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Wyoming Highway Patrol Colonel John Butler appointed four new division lieutenants today to fill three current and one upcoming vacancy in the first line supervisor ranks of the Patrol. The four new lieutenants took part in an extensive promotional process to achieve their new rank. Colonel Butler stated that "this promotional process continues to remind us of the great caliber and character in our people within the Patrol and that our future is bright." Sergeant Chris Schell has been with the Patrol since January of 1996 and was selected from his Academy Coordinator position in Safety and Training...
A traffic stop for speeding on November 7th resulted in the seizure of approximately 59 pounds of marijuana. The traffic stop occurred at 12:26 p.m. at mile post 51 on Interstate 80 eastbound approximately 11 miles east of Lyman, Wyoming. A Wyoming State Trooper observed a Ford Focus travelling east at 87 mph in a posted 80 mph zone. Upon stopping the Ford, the trooper became suspicious that the occupants in the Ford were involved in some type of criminal activity, specifically drug trafficking. A Wyoming Highway Patrol drug detection K-9 responded to the stop and alerted for the presence...
"Can you tell your husband that he has a SUPER trooper (Trooper Tippy) that has a drug dog named Basil? Our family saw him at Taco Johns. He took the time to introduce my son to his dog! My son LOVES dogs and law enforcement! It made my sons entire week and he now takes our chocolate lab all over the house, calls him Basil, and searches for drugs! The Trooper was one of the nicest, kindest, men I've ever met, and left a lasting impression on a little boy, who is so shy it's painful for him to interact with anyone! The law enforcement in this community have naturally, and positively, interacted...
It takes a special person to become a Wyoming State Trooper. They have to be committed, want to help people and protect the citizens of the state. Seven new troopers are up to the challenge, having completed their training and recently being sworn in as the newest members of Patrol. Patrol held a commissioning ceremony on November 06th where the new troopers took their oaths and received their badges in front of family and friends. The ceremony marked the 86th graduated academy class. The new troopers recently completed an intensive training period. Those who weren’t already certified as peace...
A Be On The Lookout (BOLO) was given to Gillette area troopers at approximately 12:46 p.m. on November 3rd for an Amber Alert out of Casper, Wyoming. The Amber Alert was for a seven year old female named Desiree Bowden. The Amber Alert notified the troopers that Desiree Bowden's paternal grandmother, Vianna Jones, had committed a non-custodial abduction of Desiree Bowden from a playground during recess at an elementary school in North Casper. Troopers, deputies, police officers, Wyoming State Park Officers, Game and Fish Officers and concerned citizens in the area began looking initially for...
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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