Welcome to the Park County Sheriff’s Office website. As you browse the site, we hope you find it informative and useful
Please feel free to contact me with concerns, questions or suggestions on how we may better serve you.
Sheriff Scott A. Steward
CONCEALED CARRY PERMITS
For a concealed firearm permit, click here.
FBI WARNS OF SCAM CLONING OF THEIR NUMBER
The FBI Denver Division is warning the public of a recent phone scam that spoofs, or fraudulently displays, the FBI’s real telephone number on the victim’s caller ID. The scammer impersonates a government official and uses intimidation tactics, such as the threat of arrest, to demand payment of money purportedly owed to the government. These claims are false and the calls are not from the FBI. Click here to learn more about this scam..
SEARCH & RESCUE NOW REGISTERED WITH AMAZONSMILE
The Park County Search and Rescue is now a registered charity on AmazonSmile under the name “Cody Squad of the Park County Search & Rescue Team.” This is how our 501-C non-profit charity is registered with the IRS. AmazonSmile is where Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible smile.amazon.com purchases to the charities selected by customers.
By selecting “Cody Squad of the Park County Search & Rescue Team” as your charity when you make purchases, you help support your local search and rescue services. The link for our organization is https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7243439. Remember, you MUST access Amazon using this link (instead of https://amazon.com) BEFORE you begin to shop. Once you access AmazonSmiles with this link, you begin your support of Park County Search and Rescue.
We appreciate all of the support we receive from our community.
WINTER SAFETY TIPS TO GET YOU HOME SAFE
Now that winter has a firm grip on the state of Wyoming, the Park County Sheriff’s Office urges the community to be safe and cautious while driving in extreme winter weather conditions. Frigid winter weather, with roads covered with slippery snow and ice, can challenge even the most experienced driver. It reduces the amount of traction your tires have, changes the time you have to respond to hazards, and makes your vehicle harder to control. Cold weather also tests the limits of your car’s mechanical abilities.
Nearly 6,000 people are killed in weather-related traffic accidents annually, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. And if you’re not careful, you could find yourself sliding towards a barrow ditch or guardrail, wondering if your affairs are in order.
Before you venture out into adverse weather, know that you can take precautions to ensure that you arrive at your destination safely and without incident. Here are our tips to get ready for snow and ice-covered roads, and stupid-freezing temperatures.
- Pay attention to weather and traffic reports on the radio. Allow extra travel time for inclement weather and/or traffic delays.
- In frigid temperatures, allow the vehicle to adequately warm up before driving.
- Clear the vehicle’s windows, headlights, tail and brake lights of snow and ice.
- Leave ample stopping time between you and the driver in front of you. Braking distance can be up to nine times greater on snowy, icy surfaces than on dry roads.
- Drive slowly, and be cautious on bridges and overpasses – they often are the first to freeze over.
- On snowy roadways, accelerate and brake slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is best for regaining traction and avoiding skids.
- If your vehicle is equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), and you get into a skid, remember S.S.S. – Stomp on the brakes. Firmly depress the brake pedal; Stay on the brakes. Do not pump the brakes; and Steer where you want the vehicle to go.
- If your vehicle does not have ABS, gently pump the brakes to stop the vehicle. You need to maintain full control of the vehicle. Refer to the operating manual for proper methods to correct skids.
- During inclement weather, call and tell those at your destination your departure time, your travel route, and your anticipated arrival time. Ensure they have your cell phone number, as well.
- If you don’t really have to go out, stay home. Wait until weather and road conditions improve.
- Experts also suggest if you’re on the road and become stranded, it is best to remain in the vehicle. If nothing else, you are guaranteed shelter.
- Tie a bright colored cloth (handkerchief, towel, etc.) to the vehicle’s antenna, driver door handle or outside mirror.
- Use your cell phone to call for help. Even if your phone indicates “No Service,” dial 911. Many times 911 will get through because federal regulations require any and all cell towers accept the signal even if your carrier does not otherwise have authorization to use that tower.
- Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow. Poisonous gases can filter into the vehicle if the pipe is clogged.
- Run the engine and heater no more than 10 minutes every hour, leaving a downwind window slightly open for ventilation while the engine is running.
- Light a flare or turn on a flashlight to let others know you’re stranded in the vehicle.
- Use floor mats, seat covers and blankets for added warmth. If you must leave your vehicle during a severe snow storm or blizzard, secure a line of rope or cord to yourself and the vehicle to avoid becoming lost or disoriented.
- Remain calm. Chances for rescue are better if you remain calm and in your vehicle.
- Keep bottled water in your emergency kit or vehicle. Never eat snow. It will chill you and lower your body temperature. Other items to have in your vehicle’s emergency kit include:
- Blankets or sleeping bag,
- Flashlight or battery-powered lantern with extra batteries,
- Booster (jumper) cables,
- Emergency flares,
- Extra clothing such as jackets, boots, hats and gloves,
- Small shovel and rope to use as a life line,
- Bottled water or juice, nonperishable high-energy snack food,
- First-aid kit and necessary medications,
- Sand or non-clumping (clay) cat litter for tire traction if your vehicle gets stuck, and
- Cell phone, car charger or extra (charged) phone battery.
Up-to-the-minute road conditions are always available by logging onto the Wyoming Travel Information Service’s website, http://www.wyoroad.info/.
NEW ROAD DEPUTIES APPOINTED
On Thursday, November 21, 2019, two Park County Sheriff deputies completed their Peace Officer Basic training at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy. Deputies Tyler Patterson (left) and Ethan Robinson (right) will now assume their new duties as patrol deputies; Deputy Patterson in the Powell District and Deputy Robinson in the Cody District. Both deputies transferred from the detention facility to assume their new positions which were created due to retirements.
Deputy Patterson joined the Park County Sheriff’s Office in 2016 as a detention deputy. He has an associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Technician and Fire Science from Casper College. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Tyler moved to Powell with his family in 2006. He is the son of retired Park County Lieutenant and current Northwest College Professor Dave Patterson. Deputy Patterson currently resides in Powell.
Deputy Robinson joined the Park County Sheriff’s Office in 2017, also as a detention deputy. He was born and raised in Bellefontaine, Ohio and relocated to Cody in 2014 to become a member of the county’s Search and Rescue Unit. He continues to volunteer with Search and Rescue today. He attended Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio where he earned two associates degrees; one in Natural Resources Law Enforcement and one in Wildlife Management. He currently resides in Cody.