Minimum requirements to become a police officer in Wyoming are U.S. citizenship and a high school diploma or equivalent. You must also be at least 21 years of age. The requirements are established by the Wyoming Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (POST) http://attorneygeneral.state.wy.us/post.htm.
There are many more steps in the process that begins with the above and then finding a job with a police agency in the states. You can find a list of police departments in Wyoming at www.50states.com/wyoming/police_departments.htm.
In order to be hired candidates will have to pass an oral interview by the hiring agency and be free of physical, emotional or mental conditions that would affect performance as a police officer. To determine this, candidates will be evaluated by licensed physicians and either a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist.
A stringent background investigation is required before the applicant can be hired. The investigation will include fingerprinting, and a search of local, state and national data bases for any criminal convictions.
The background investigation also will look for any evidence of drug or alcohol abuse, will include an interview with any spouse, and a check of personal references.
Employment history, school and military records, if any, will be reviewed. The applicant’s driving record will be reviewed, as well credit and other financial history.
Police Training Academy Standards
Applicants who meet these minimum state requirements, and any addition local requirements, will receive certification from POST and go on to basic training at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in Douglas.
A complete guide to the academy’s curriculum, and full details about rules while attending, uniforms to wear, and other requirements in order to graduate, can be found at http://www.wleacademy.com/Basic/Information%20Guide%20POB.pdf. To successfully complete the academy it will be very important for you to become familiar with this guide.
Physical Fitness Test
Physical fitness requirements to enter the academy are rigorous and are standards to be met are different depending on age and gender. The complete guide to the physical fitness requirements, with links to video demonstrations, is available at www.wleacademy.com.
Click on the Physical Fitness button found under the Basic Programs menu on the left side of the page. Candidates who cannot pass the physical fitness test will not be enrolled in the academy.
Average Salary For Cops in Wyoming
According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics (2010), a police officer in the state of Wyoming makes between $49,250 – $54,140 per year. However the data collected by BLS is not very accurate because it does not record overtime pay or off duty work like private security work, special assignments and etc. These factors, if included in the data, would have drastically increase the average salary of a police officer in WY.
Find a Law Enforcement Job In Wyoming
There are several law enforcement job openings in Wyoming. Simply visit our Career Job Opening Section or go to the official website of the agency you are interested in to complete an application of employment. Below is a list of law enforcement agencies in the state of Wyoming.