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SLOW DOWN / MOVE OVER SAFETY CAMPAIGN

SLOW DOWN / MOVE OVER SAFETY CAMPAIGN

Date: 05/24/2017 

The Wyoming Highway Patrol will be participating in a national safety campaign on May 26th to bring awareness to the dangers first responders face in the performance of their duties at roadside. Since 2008, 1,970 crashes have occurred in Wyoming involving first responder and roadway service vehicles (law enforcement, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, and snow plows).    This upcoming "Move Over" safety campaign initiative was put in motion by the Virginia State Police in advance of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. WHP Colonel Kebin Haller was more than happy to have the Wyoming Highway Patrol...

WHP K-9 PROGRAM PARTICIPATES IN NPCA TRAINING IN JACKSON,

WHP K-9 PROGRAM PARTICIPATES IN NPCA TRAINING IN JACKSON,

Date: 05/20/2017 

The Wyoming Highway Patrol K-9 program recently participated in National Police Canine Association (NPCA) training and certification in Jackson, Wyoming. The training took place May 9th through May 12th. The WHP K-9 program consists of 10 narcotics K-9 handlers and two explosives K-9 handlers.   The training included real life scenarios such as mock traffic stops with vehicles containing narcotics as well as mock encounters that had no contraband present. These mock scenarios also took place in several businesses in the Jackson area who opened up their facilities for the training. The cooperation...

2016 WHP ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2016 WHP ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Date: 05/16/2017 

In a performance report from back in February, Wyoming Highway Patrol Colonel Kebin Haller acknowledged some of the WHP's accomplishments for 2016. The focus of the report was information broken down into accomplishments for Troopers, Dispatchers, and Port of Entry Officers.    Troopers were very busy throughout the year patrolling Wyoming highways for a total of 131,528 hours. From those patrolling hours, 42,436 citations for speeding were issued, 972 driving while under the influence arrests were made, and 1,704 misdemeanor and felony drug arrest were conducted.    While enforcement of the Wyoming...

WHP INITIATIVE YIELDS ARRESTS WHILE INCREASING HIGHWAY SAFETY

WHP INITIATIVE YIELDS ARRESTS WHILE INCREASING HIGHWAY SAFETY

Date: 04/27/2017 

The Wyoming Highway Patrol recently participated in a criminal interdiction initiative along the Interstate 80 corridor April 10th though the 15th. This initiative was in conjunction with a nationwide effort by the Ohio State Highway Patrol to focus interdiction resources along I-80 across the nation. For this initiative, WHP K-9 teams were patrolling I-80 in the Cheyenne, Laramie, Rawlins, Rock Springs, and Evanston areas. The WHP K-9 Teams, along with their respective division Troopers assigned to I-80, conducted a high number of traffic stops after a violation was observed with an emphasis on...

WHP INVESTIGATES ZERO FATAL CRASHES OVER ST. PATRICK'S DAY WEEKEND

WHP INVESTIGATES ZERO FATAL CRASHES OVER ST. PATRICK'S DAY WEEKEND

Date: 03/22/2017 

Wyoming State Troopers were busy, while wearing green as always, over the St. Patrick's Day extended holiday weekend throughout the state. From March 17th through March 19th, WHP Troopers conducted 1,139 traffic stops. From those stops, 17 impaired drivers were arrested.    During the three day weekend, zero fatal crashes were investigated by Patrol.   Troopers were primarily focused on identifying impaired drivers and other violations that impact highway safety such as nonuse of child and occupant restraints, speeding and other moving violations. Over the weekend, 443 citations for speeding were...

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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