Troopers Complete 'Indian Country' Training for WRIR Enforcement

(Lander, Wyo.) - Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers who work on the Wind River Reservation in Fremont and Hot Springs counties completed the “Criminal Justice in Indian Country” course this spring. The course certifies law enforcement officers through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, allowing them to enforce tribal and federal laws using special law enforcement commissions and a deputation agreement. The course was the last piece of a large commitment of time and money for the Wyoming Highway Patrol, according to Lt. Lee Pence of Lander. “This underscores the importance the Wyoming Highway Patrol places as a partner in safety on the Wind River Reservation. “Our main goals are to remove impaired drivers from the road, improve occupant restraint use, work on public safety events, and assist the Wind River Police Department,” Pence said. “This will help us build on the great relationship we have with the Wind River Police Department and members of the tribal community.” Two of the public safety tools the agencies want to partner on in the near future are an Alive at 25 class and child passenger seat training. “It’s really about getting our youth on the right path and keeping them safe,” Pence said. “There are too many serious injury and fatal vehicle crashes on the reservation, and we hope to help change that.” #county10 #news #springcity