Currently the Wyoming Highway Patrol is experiencing a somewhat disturbing trend, one which is plaguing law enforcement across the nation. Finding and hiring qualified police officers is becoming increasingly more difficult. As we visit with our counterparts from around the country we find that most other agencies are experiencing the same problems. There are a number of plausible explanations,… none of which serve to counteract the problem. When a law enforcement agency has unfilled positions in its first line ranks the consequences are felt throughout the agency, and they are significant.
The vast majority of our instructors, our subject matter experts, our specialized officers, our field training officers, our special services squad officers, etc come from the ranks of our first line troopers. A vacant position doesn’t just mean one less officer to respond to a call for service. It means another officer must teach two classes at the training academy must field train two rookies, must reconstruct two crashes, etc. It means when a trooper goes home at midnight or 1 in the morning and takes calls until morning he has twice the chance of being awakened. It means a trooper has a much better chance of being too busy to sneak a dinner break in with his family in the evening or catch the last 3 innings of his son’s summer baseball game. It means the supervisor has to deny a vacation here and there or give up his own weekend so a trooper can catch a couple days off. The list goes on.
Wyoming Highway Patrol officers are tough, loyal, committed to their profession, and pride themselves on serving the citizens of Wyoming, however, continuous long hours and the potential for employee burnout are concerns for us today and into the future. We’re not complaining here, just letting you know we are always looking for a good man or woman to join our fantastic organization, so if you know someone age 22-50 who likes to serve, who loves their country, who is willing to learn and work hard for a very decent wage, encourage them to contact us!!! We are in a continuous open enrollment process meaning applications are accepted any time. If you apply and qualify we’ll contact you regarding actually testing dates etc. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 307 777-4303 if you want to visit about a career with a great organization!