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DON'T RUN THE GATES

DON'T RUN THE GATES

Date: 01/13/2017 

As winter weather continues to impact many Wyoming highways, with some leading to highway closures, a recent event on South Pass between Farson and Lander highlights why it is important to heed the road closures.    On January 11th, the Wyoming Highway Patrol received a call from a stranded motorist on Wyoming State Highway 28, which had been closed for nearly two days. The motorist had went around the road closure gate near Farson and ran into poor road conditions and became stuck near milepost 41 in a snow drift. South Pass area Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) crews had to plow a...

WHP LIEUTENANT TO RETIRE

WHP LIEUTENANT TO RETIRE

Date: 01/11/2017 

Lieutenant Chris Schell retired from the Wyoming Highway Patrol on December 30th, 2016 after nearly 21 years of service to Wyoming.    Lt. Schell began his career with the WHP on January 16th, 1996 as a Patrolman in Casper. After serving in this role until November of 2006, Schell promoted to sergeant in the Safety and Training division of Patrol where he ran the WHP training academy. In November of 2014, Schell promoted again to lieutenant as the Division B supervisor in Casper. There he supervised the troopers in Division B, that covers all of Natrona County, until his retirement.    As the Academy...

HIGH WIND CLOSURES ARE NOT TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY

HIGH WIND CLOSURES ARE NOT TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY

Date: 12/20/2016 

Despite sections of Wyoming highways being closed to light and high profile vehicles, many motorists are not heeding the closures with crashes resulting statewide.   As wind speeds are exceeding 60 mph in certain parts of Wyoming, many highways have been closed to light and high profile vehicles to avoid those vehicles becoming a hazard to themselves and other motorists. Despite the closures, motorists proceeding in light and high profile vehicles have been crashing.    The Wyoming Highway Patrol has investigated 80 crashes statewide beginning on Dec. 19th through 9:45 a.m. today (Dec. 20th). Many...

SWEETWATER COUNTY PURSUIT NOT INVOLVED IN EVANSTON AREA BANK ROBBERY

SWEETWATER COUNTY PURSUIT NOT INVOLVED IN EVANSTON AREA BANK ROBBERY

Date: 12/07/2016 

A Riverside, California man involved in a pursuit with troopers from the Wyoming Highway Patrol on Tuesday (Dec. 6th) has been confirmed not to be a suspect in a bank robbery that occurred that same day in Evanston, Wyoming.    Around 2:00 p.m. on December 6th, WHP Troopers in Sweetwater County were searching for a possible suspect vehicle involved in a bank robbery in Evanston earlier that day. A vehicle matching the bank robbery suspect vehicle was located and stopped near mile post 85 on Interstate 80 eastbound approximately five miles west of Green River. As the trooper exited the patrol car,...

TORRINGTON LIEUTENANT TO TAKE OVER WHP DISTRICT FIVE CAPTAIN DUTIES

TORRINGTON LIEUTENANT TO TAKE OVER WHP DISTRICT FIVE CAPTAIN DUTIES

Date: 11/29/2016 

Wyoming Highway Patrol Lieutenant Steven Sanders, the Goshen and Platte County area division supervisor, was promoted to the rank of District Five Captain on Monday (Nov. 28th) by Colonel Kebin Haller. District Five covers northwest Wyoming including Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie Counties.     Captain Sanders began his career with the Patrol in May of 2003 and was initially stationed in Lusk. As a trooper, Captain Sanders was also stationed in the Cheyenne and Torrington areas until he promoted to the rank of lieutenant as the Goshen and Platte County area supervisor in March...

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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