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Casper Police Department Community service officers essential to community

A CPD community service officer writes down license plats on Jan. 19
A CPD community service officer writes down license plats on Jan. 19(Bobbee Russell)
Published: Jan. 19, 2021 at 6:34 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Casper Service Officers drive around in white vehicles and patrol parking in downtown Casper. Community members can also see them at the Hall of Justice helping with fingerprints and other tasks.

“We work one week in the office helping with Vehicle Identification Numbers and answering phone calls, questions and helping the front desk,” said Patricia Moore, a community service officer.

Community service officers can’t pull people over for speeding, but they are here to help direct traffic at the scene of a crash or fill in for a patrol officer if they are needed somewhere in the community.

Sgt. Jeff Bullard, the CSO lead, said the intersection of 2nd and Wyoming Boulevard is one of the busiest intersection in the state. He’s grateful for the CSOs to help if a crash happens there or somewhere else in the community.

“If there’s a large crash they can go in the direction, help if someone’s driveway is blocked or help find the owner of an abandoned vehicle,” Bullard said.

Downtown parking, VIN inspections and fingerprints might seem like small issues compared to possible dangerous tasks patrol officers handle, but Bullard said they are essential to the Casper Police Department.

“Keeping those officers on the street and being proactive is our main mission, “Bullard said. A couple of former CSOs used the job as a stepping stone to becoming patrol officers. These officers are paid city employees and work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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