Patrol Welcomes Trooper Basic #91
The Trooper Basic Academy has concluded and the members of the academy recently commissioned 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 Class.
These troopers recently completed an intensive training period of instruction. During the Trooper Basic Academy, they took a variety of classes including firearms, commercial carrier training, physical training, Radar/LIDAR use, emergency vehicle operation, custody and control, crash investigation and others.
Please join us in congratulating Wyoming Highway Patrol Academy Class #91.
• Colonel's Leadership Award Recipient: Trooper Thomas Wilson
• Top Academic Award: Trooper Thomas Wilson
• Top Fitness Award: Trooper Shaun Graham
• Top Firearms Student: Trooper Kristofer White
• Most Improved Fitness Award: Trooper Clayton Colman
Damon Bowen 60 - Jackson
Damon Bowen (Badge 60, Jackson) is from Trabuco Canyon, California. He and his wife enjoy spending time in the outdoors, camping, hiking and dirt biking. Damon is very excited to serve the people of Wyoming and enjoy a long career with the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Clayton Colman 61 - Lander
Clayton Colman (Badge 61, Lander) was raised in Medicine Bow, Wyoming where he graduated from HEM High School. Prior to becoming a Wyoming State Trooper, Clayton spent 13 years in the United States Marine Corps where he completed three combat tours in Iraq and two Marine Expeditionary Unit tours. Clayton is married and has 3 children that are looking forward to attending school in Lander. Clayton’s hobbies are hunting and anything outside.
Jacob Gordon 62 - Lusk
Jacob Gordon (Badge 62, Lusk) was born in Minnesota before moving to Torrington, Wyoming where he started high school and graduated in 2008. Jacob completed some college in Texas and Wyoming before starting his law enforcement career working at the prison in Torrington in 2010. After five years working as a correctional officer, Jacob began his career with the Wyoming Highway Patrol and is honored to be part of the WHP family. Jacob has a wonderful wife and one son. Jacob appreciates the outdoors and camping with family and friends as well as traveling to new places.
Shaun Graham 76 - Big Piney
Shaun Graham (Badge 76, Big Piney) was born and raised in northern Colorado. Shaun graduated from Colorado Christian University with a bachelor's degree in history. Shaun spent four years in the Army before joining the Wyoming Highway Patrol. He enjoys running, hiking and the great outdoors.
Kyle Hicks 143 - Gillette
Kyle Hicks (Badge 143, Gillette) was raised in Yarmouth, Iowa where he graduated from Mediapolis High School. Prior to becoming a Wyoming State Trooper, Kyle spent five years in the United States Air Force. Kyle is married and has two children that are looking forward to attending school in Gillette. Kyle’s hobbies are hunting and anything outside.
Joseph Minick 178 - Rock Springs
Joseph Minick (Badge 178, Rock Springs) is from the Portland, Oregon area. Joseph has a background in emergency medicine, banking and DOT drug and alcohol testing. Joseph enjoys fitness, shooting, hiking, and spending time with his family. He is excited to serve the citizens of Wyoming and is looking forward to a long career with the WHP.
Brian Sorensen 207 - Casper
Brian Sorensen (Badge 207, Casper) was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming where he graduated from Kelly Walsh High School. He married his amazing wife 13 years ago. Jessica and Brian have three children. Brian is honored to be a part of the Wyoming Highway Patrol. He's looking forward to serving the citizens of Wyoming as a Trooper. Brian enjoys spending time with family, officiating high school football, basketball, and singing at any opportunity he gets.
Kristofer White 217 - Arlington
Kristofer White (Badge 217, Arlington) is a native of Texas and came to Wyoming after serving eight years in the US Marine Corps that included a tour of duty in Iraq. Kristofer was also a police officer for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in Las Vegas, Nevada for five years. Kristopher graduated from the University of Texas Permian Basin in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in Economics. Kristofer's outside interests include flying both helicopters and airplanes, riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing and spending time with family. Kristofer is married and has one daughter. Kristofer and his family are very grateful to be able to call Wyoming home.
Thomas Wilson 222 - Jackson
Thomas Wilson (Badge 222, Jackson) was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Prior to joining the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Thomas served in the U.S. Army as a member of the 2nd Ranger Battalion. Thomas has also worked for the Laramie County (WY) Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer as well as working several positions in the oil field. Thomas enjoys hiking, snowboarding, snowmobiling, lifting, skydiving, shooting, and being outdoors.