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IN-STATE: 511 OR 1-888-WYO-ROAD (996-7623)
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To contact the Patrol in an emergency or to Report a Drunk Driver:
IN STATE CALL: 1-800-442-9090
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On October 16th, at approximately 1:40 p.m., a school bus belonging to Shoshone Arapaho Head Start was southbound on WY 132 in Fremont County on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The school bus left the roadway on the right side of a left hand curve for an unknown reason, the driver steered the bus back onto the road, over-corrected, and the bus rolled 1 1/4 times coming to rest in the roadway. On the bus were four adults and 13 small children aged one and two years of age. Three of the adults were not belted and two of them were injured. The driver of the bus, Riah Roselle Shakespeare (35 years...
WE REMEMBER PATROLMAN PETE VISSER AND TROOPER CHRIS LOGSDON. On October 09th, 1981, Patrolman Pete Visser was investigating a crash when the parked patrol car he was seated in was struck from behind by a drunk driver in a pickup truck. Patrolman Visser suffered critical head and neck injuries from the crash. Patrolman Visser succumbed to his injuries the next day, October 12th. Patrolman Visser was the first patrolman of the Wyoming Highway Patrol to die in the line of duty since the agency was formed in 1933. Patrolman Visser’s ultimate sacrifice is never forgotten. On October 13th, 1998, Trooper...
TROOPER BASIC #86 PARTICIPATED IN HIGH RISK TRAFFIC STOP TRAINING ON OCTOBER 8TH. THESE TROOPERS WILL BE COMMISSIONED IN NOVEMBER AND HITTING THE ROAD SOON. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN CONTINUE IN THE PATROL'S PROUD TRADITION, VISIT OUR CAREERS AND RECRUITMENT LINK AT http://www.whp.dot.state.wy.us/home/trooper--careersrecruiting.html.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Colonel John Butler presented Sheridan / Dietz Port of Entry Special Officer Andy Harkins the "Rare Breed" award on September 30th, 2014. Officer Harkins was presented the award for his actions on July 23rd, 2014 when he stopped on his way to work and rendered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) aid to a man having a medical issue on Wyoming Highway 345 near Sheridan. Upon the arrival of emergency medical services, Officer Harkins continued to assist by helping direct traffic around the incident. A white buffalo is considered a rare event, and was held in a place of special...
On September 26th, two juvenile runaways from Colorado were arrested by a Wyoming State Trooper for a string of vehicle thefts from Colorado and Wyoming. A stolen vehicle report was received from Jackson, Wyoming to look for a stolen GMC pickup truck. While Deputies from the Fremont County Sheriff's Office and Troopers from Patrol were looking for the pickup in the Dubois area, the Fremont County Sheriff's Office received another report of a Toyota SUV stolen from Dubois. A trooper located the stolen Toyota and two juveniles at a store in Crowheart, Wyoming. The two juveniles were reported as...
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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