Press Release – The Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) currently has trooper, dispatcher and port of entry positions to fill throughout the state.
Troopers work daily to ensure the roads are safe for the traveling public, and dispatchers and port of entry officers provide support services to the WHP as a whole to support the agency’s safety mission.
Press Release – When fully staffed, the WHP has 168 full-time sworn troopers. Although Patrol has 30 trooper openings or about an 18 percent vacancy rate, that’s not an unusual number of vacancies for law enforcement and even the state of Wyoming. The Wyoming Department of Administration and Information reported a turnover rate of 15 percent based on its latest figures of state employment in 2016.
“Other state patrols and state police agencies throughout the country are experiencing manpower concerns similar to those found in the Wyoming Highway Patrol,” said WYDOT Director Bill Panos. “This is challenging for our personnel and their families. To respond, we’re actively recruiting more personnel, creating a great work environment, and improving the lives of our Troopers, Dispatchers and Port of Entry teams.”
WHY BECOME A WHP TROOPER
Troopers are on the lookout for traffic offenses, drug trafficking, human/sex and labor trafficking, homeland security issues, impaired driving and other violations.
A trooper can also be assigned to a special duty such as a K-9 unit, Executive Protection Detail for the governor, crash investigation team, motor carrier inspection and enforcement of vehicles traveling on the road.
A trooper can also participate on the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Enforcement teams and be part of the Patrol’s Honor Guard and Special Services Squad.
“There are many opportunities at the WHP and we are looking for individuals interested in the law enforcement profession who want to make a difference and have a positive impact throughout the State of Wyoming,” said WHP Col. Kebin Haller.
WHAT ELSE THE WHP DOES
The Wyoming Highway Patrol Communications Center is in Cheyenne. WHP dispatchers provide the vital communications link between the public and emergency services. With an emphasis on officer safety, WHP dispatchers ensure troopers receive necessary assistance.
“Dispatchers are a critical component and the glue of the WHP. Our dispatchers are very well trained and key members of the WHP team; providing timely and accurate information to our troopers and the public,” Haller said.
Port of Entry officer positions are in the 14 ports throughout the state and ensure commercial vehicles are safe to travel in Wyoming.
“Our officer’s work closely with commercial vehicles and drivers, conducting inspections of trucks, trailers and loads, as well as speaking with drivers and reviewing required paperwork,” Haller said.
People interested in becoming a member of WHP can apply through the state’s Administration and Information website at
All candidates go through a state-approved screening and hiring process, but candidates for trooper also undergo additional tests and assessments, which include a physical fitness evaluation, psychological evaluation and a background investigation. Once selected, troopers also attend academy training.
To learn more about the WHP and how to become a trooper, dispatcher or port of entry officer please contact:
Sergeant Kyle McKay / 307-777-4306 or visit WHP’s website at whp.dot.state.wy.us.