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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...

TROOPER INJURED / WHP STAYS BUSY DURING STATEWIDE SNOWSTORM

TROOPER INJURED / WHP STAYS BUSY DURING STATEWIDE SNOWSTORM

Date: 11/23/2016 

The snowstorm that traveled across Wyoming last week on Nov. 17th and 18th kept all members of the Wyoming Highway Patrol extremely busy.    Troopers with the Patrol investigated a total of 321 crashes statewide while WHP Dispatchers answered 1,450 calls from 7:00 a.m. on the 17th until midnight on the 18th. 55 of the 321 crashes involved injury while the remaining crashes involved property damage only. No fatal crashes resulted during the two days of inclement weather.   Troopers and dispatchers also resolved 316 calls for broken down or stranded motorists and hazard events such as vehicles blocking...

PURSUIT THAT BEGAN IN CASPER ENDS SAFELY IN RAWLINS

PURSUIT THAT BEGAN IN CASPER ENDS SAFELY IN RAWLINS

Date: 11/15/2016 

A Casper, Wyoming resident is in custody after an early morning vehicle pursuit on November 15th that ended safely in Rawlins, Wyoming.    26 year old Adam Braun initially took off from the Mills Police Department after Braun had already given the Mills P.D. his identification. After eluding the Mills P.D., Braun was pursued by the Natrona County Sheriff's Office southbound on US Highway 220 until the N.C.S.O. discontinued their pursuit as they were unable to keep up with the 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix that Braun was driving.   Wyoming State Troopers were dispatched south from Casper and north from...

CHEYENNE TROOPERS MAKE MULTIPLE ARRESTS OVER BUSY THREE DAY WEEKEND

CHEYENNE TROOPERS MAKE MULTIPLE ARRESTS OVER BUSY THREE DAY WEEKEND

Date: 11/14/2016 

Cheyenne area Troopers stayed busy over the extended Veterans Day weekend with three significant criminal interdictions ranging from over 16 pounds of methamphetamine seized to a stolen vehicle recovered after a 15 mile long pursuit.   On Friday, November 11th, a WHP Trooper stopped a 2007 Range Rover SUV for speeding 94 mph in a posted 75 mph zone near mile post 352 on Interstate 80 eastbound approximately 10 miles west of Cheyenne at 4:13 p.m. After speaking with the occupants of the SUV, the Trooper ascertained reasonable suspicion to call for a WHP K-9 with the K-9 alerting to the presence...

WHP TROOPERS RETURN FROM NORTH DAKOTA

WHP TROOPERS RETURN FROM NORTH DAKOTA

Date: 11/10/2016 

The six Wyoming Highway Patrol State Troopers that were sent to assist law enforcement in North Dakota  in regards to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests have returned home. The six members of the WHP Special Services Squad departed for North Dakota on October 22nd and returned to Wyoming yesterday, November 8th.     The Troopers were sent to North Dakota at the request of North Dakota officials as both states are members of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. Wyoming Highway Patrol Colonel Kebin Haller stated "Our six Troopers arrived back safely after having assisted North Dakota law...

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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