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 FIREARMS PERMITS
For a concealed firearm permit, click here.
WINTER SAFETY TIPS TO GET YOU HOME SAFELY
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
- 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. Other helpful tips include:
- 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 CODY DEPUTY ASSIGNED
This past summer, Sheriff Scott Steward announced the appointment of Deputy Clayton Creel to the department’s patrol division. Deputy Creel was reassigned from the Park County Detention Facility and began his new duties on August 1st patrolling out of the Cody District.
“Patrol deputies are primarily responsible for providing public safety by maintaining order,… responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations,” said Sheriff Steward. “I have the utmost confidence that Deputy Creel will serve the citizens of Park County in the manner to which they have come to expect; with pride, compassion, and professionalism.”
Deputy Creel was born in Georgia but grew up in Wapiti where his family moved when he was 3 years old. He was employed as a detention deputy with the Park County Sheriff’s Office in September of 2015. He has attended Northwest College in Powell where he studied law enforcement. Deputy Creel currently resides in Cody and is engaged to be married.