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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...

2016 Cheyenne Superday

2016 Cheyenne Superday

Date: 06/27/2016 

Who had a super time at Cheyenne Superday on Saturday (June 25th)? We had a great time getting to interact with one of our communities we are privileged to serve.

Worland Child Seat Checkpoint

Worland Child Seat Checkpoint

Date: 06/22/2016 

Last Saturday (June 18), WHP Troopers partnered with the Worland Police Dept., the Washakie County Sheriff's Office, Injury Prevention and Public Health to facilitate a child restraint checkpoint in Worland. There was a great turnout despite the 109 degree heat! The checkpoint resulted in 22 child seats checked. A big thank you to all the parents who stopped by the event to make sure their kids are safe while traveling down the road!

WHP Turns 83

WHP Turns 83

Date: 06/01/2016 

Today (June 1st) is our 83rd birthday! Thank you to all of our current and past members for being a part of our proud tradition of serving Wyoming since 1933.

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...

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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