Casper Police is running off of community support
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - “I think it’s hard on a national scale to see your profession really kind of come under scrutiny and have that questioned on a day to day basis coming into work,” said Casper Police Public Information Officer, Rebekah Ladd.
Ladd said as we (as a country) navigate through everything going on right now, the Casper community’s support is what’s keeping their officers going.
“They’re showing up for us, they’re letting us know we’re appreciated and that’s really what’s keeping us going. I think anybody in any profession wants to know what they’re doing is important, and wants to feel appreciated by those individuals that they sacrifice for, and if you ask any of our officers, they’ll tell you Casper is coming out to say thank you, and it’s very meaningful for our officers,” said Ladd.
Ladd said a lot of their officers are from Casper, but also out of state, and the out of state officers see the support the Casper community gives to law enforcement, and that’s what they want in a community.
Speaking of new recruits, the Casper Police Academy is a few months in and Wednesday, they received their first firearm training.
“We’ve been doing a lot more custody and control, learning about firearms, we’re out here for the first time today, so we’re kind of getting into the swing of things,” said Casper Police recruit, Andrea Schulz.
Casper Police officers are also trying to connect with us more. Ladd said when you call a police officer, it’s not always on your best day. But it is important to them to be proactive in connecting with the community.
CPD has found ways to do that through events like coffee with a cop, but next week the annual “National Night Out,” will give the community the opportunity to connect with those that keep them safe.
“We typically know a lot of people in our community, they don’t always know us. So it’s nice for us to be able to kind of let our guard down, and get to know the people we protect and serve,” said Ladd.
National Night Out will be Tuesday August 4, at David Street Station from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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