WYOMING – Wyoming Highway Patrol announced this week it will move its training operations to The Laramie County Community College (LCCC) in Cheyenne.
WHP Colonel Kebin Haller called it a move of convenience and cost saving. The LCCC campus is just seven miles from Wyoming Highway Patrol Headquarters.
LCCC will offer a long-term facility for the WHP at cost savings compared to its current Academy location in Guernsey. The WHP will utilize dorm rooms, six offices, land, and various roads for practical training, gymnasium, cafeteria, fitness equipment, classrooms, improved teaching technology in classrooms, and have the option of additional room for growth.
This partnership with Laramie County Community College will help with increased logistical improvements, increased operational efficiencies, and an overall cost reduction while providing a professional training environment, Haller stated.
The move comes at a time when LCCC has been cutting several academic programs and suspending others from its course offerings. College president Joe Schaffer cited low enrollment rates are part of the reason for the cutbacks.
LCCC will be the primary location for all WHP classroom style classes. Based in Cheyenne, it will allow cadets to have access to the WHP Cheyenne firearms range and to an Emergency Vehicle Operations road course.
Haller thanked the Wyoming National Guard for hosting WHP Trooper Academy training at Camp Guernsey for many years.
“This partnership goes back for more than 17 years, and the WHP has literally trained hundreds of Troopers at Camp Guernsey,” Haller said. “I am very grateful to the Wyoming National Guard.”
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