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Wyoming Highway Patrol to offer more incentives to state trooper applicants

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Highway Patrol will soon offer several new incentives to those trying to become a state trooper.

The patrol will provide lateral officers with a shortened on-boarding training as part of our ongoing recruitment efforts. This shortened training is unprecedented for the highway patrol, Sergeant Jeremy Beck said.

“It gives an applicant a chance to transfer to the patrol from another agency and return to the road in as little as four weeks,” he said. “This training will also provide an applicant with an easier transition without causing a significant strain on their family.”

The WHP is also offering new applicants increased pay. The new pay will be around four dollars more per hour for new hires, and an extra two dollars more for officers professionally certified within Wyoming or the equivalent in another state.

“The patrol has openings throughout the state, so now is a great time to apply,” Beck said. “We want to be able to attract the best people possible. We’re looking for talented, dedicated individuals who want to make a difference in their communities — and we’re offering them an unprecedented opportunity to do just that.”

The Wyoming Highway Patrol will also provide free housing for applicants at a live-in academy, paid-for equipment, uniform and meals provided each day at no cost to the recruit.

The application process involves a written entry test, oral board evaluations, physical agility testing, psychological testing and a truth detection test.

“The greatest part of being a Wyoming state trooper is the freedom we have each shift to decide what our role in public safety will look like,” WHP Captain Dave Wagener said.