Wyoming Highway Patrol

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Wyoming Highway Patrol
Patch of Wyoming Highway Patrol
Patch of Wyoming Highway Patrol
AbbreviationWHP
Agency overview
Formed1933; 88 years ago (1933)
Employees339 (as of 2004) [needs update][1]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionWyoming, USA
Size97,914 square miles (253,600 km2)
Population585,501 (2016 est.)[2]
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersCheyenne, Wyoming
TroopersNearly 208 (as of 2021)[needs update][1]
Civilian Employees151 (as of 2004)[needs update][1]
Agency executive
Parent agencyWyoming Department of Transportation
Website
Wyoming Highway Patrol website

The Wyoming Highway Patrol is the highway patrol and de facto state police agency for the U.S. state of Wyoming, and has jurisdiction across the entire state. The goals of the Wyoming Highway Patrol are to make Wyoming’s highways safer by reducing the number of traffic crashes, deaths, and injuries; to apprehend and arrest criminals using Wyoming’s highways; and to assist motorists in trouble. It is also tasked with providing security and transportation to the Governor of Wyoming.[3]

History[edit]

The Wyoming Highway Patrol was created in 1933 to protect the lives, property and constitutional rights of all people in Wyoming. It was created after the Wyoming Department of Law Enforcement, whose sole duty was to enforce prohibition laws, disbanded. On May 23, 1933, the Highway Commission named Captain George Smith as the leader of the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Captain Smith, along with six other newly trained Patrolmen, left the state capital charged with the duty to “enforce the laws of the state relating to the registration and licensing of motor vehicles, the laws relating to use and operation of motor vehicles on highways, and all laws for the protection of the highways.”

As of June 2021, the Wyoming Highway Patrol has 208 troopers on patrol. In 2019, troopers investigated nearly 8,000 motor vehicle crashes across the state and removed over 1,300 intoxicated drivers from Wyoming roadways.[4]

The current new sidearm for 2021 is the Sig Sauer P320 9MM replacing the Glock Model 35 Gen 4 .40, which replaced the Smith & Wesson M&P .40.

Rank structure[edit]

A Wyoming Highway Patrol car in Gillette
Title Insignia
Colonel
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Lieutenant Colonel
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Major
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Captain
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Lieutenant
US-O2 insignia.svg
Sergeant
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Trooper
No insignia

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Wyoming Highway Patrol, two officers have died while on duty:

Patrolman Peter Visser (End of Watch October 12, 1981): Patrolman Peter Visser died as a result of the injuries sustained when his cruiser was rear-ended by a drunk driver.[5]

Patrolman Chris S. Logsdon (End of Watch October 13, 1998): Patrolman Chris Logsdon was killed in a vehicle accident after being run off the road by another driver, a 92-year old man who was confused and driving erratically.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c USDOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics Census of Law Enforcement Agencies Archived November 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 12, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Wyoming Quick Facts
  3. ^ "Field Operations". Wyoming Highway Patrol. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  4. ^ "About Us". Wyoming Highway Patrol. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  5. ^ "Patrolman Peter Visser". Officer Down Memorial Page. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  6. ^ "Patrolman Chris S. Logsdon". Officer Down Memorial Page. Retrieved June 7, 2021.

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