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Five new peace officers now certified in Fremont County

Jul 25, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

Fremont County has five newly certified law enforcement officers following their graduation from the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in Douglas.

New deputies at the Fremont County Sheriff's Office are Jesse Jones, of Riverton, and Trenton Maus, of Dubois.

Lander police officers Timothy Ruby and Troy Trehearne and graduated July 13, as did Riverton police officer Eric Smits.

The peace officer basic course is 13 weeks and involves 541 hours of trainees learning about Wyoming criminal law, constitutional procedures and ethical considerations. They also study professional skills such as courtroom testifying, interpersonal communications, stress management, child abuse investigation and sexual assault investigation among other areas of law enforcement. There's also instruction about patrol procedures such as vehicle stops and building searches.

According to the academy's website, basic training for peace officers, detention officers, communications officers and coroners is mandated by Wyoming statute.

Peace officers, detention officers and coroners are required to complete the basic training within the first year of their employment, and communications officers have two years.

Locally, the newly certified officers brought staff levels to capacity for their respective agencies.

"At the current time, the sheriff's office is running at full staff with the two new deputies that just recently graduated," Capt. Ryan Lee said.

Lee said his department is "usually fairly staffed" in the patrol positions, which is where both Jones and Maus will be working. With the two newest additions, the agency's patrol division has 25 deputies countywide. Lee said this does not include investigators, command staff or detention staff.

"We're glad to have them here and glad to have them back from graduation," Lee said about Jones and Maus. "They are eager to get out and help the people of Fremont County."

Lander police chief Jim Carey said his department is near full staff with Ruby and Trehearne joining the patrol division. Although the LPD is not hiring at the moment, Carey said he'd like to have another detective at some point.

"It's where we want to be to streamline our operations," he said.

Carey said Ruby still has some field training to complete until he is fully on his own, but Trehearne finished the 16-week training before attending the academy.

Aside from the unexpected factors such as injuries, training and retirement, Carey said the two new officers will put the agency at a staffing level that he hasn't seen in quiet some time.

"They both bring something unique individually," Carey said. "They each have their own strengths that they will bring to the job."

Riverton police chief Mike Broadhead said his department has struggled with keeping staff up over the years because of high turnover.

"This is the first time we have been fully staffed since I've been here," he said, adding he's been in his position for two and a half years.

Broadhead said the RPD has three officers who are completing field training and will later attend the academy for certification.