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
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SATELLITE DEVICES MAY NOW REACH SHERIFF’S DISPATCH DIRECTLY
Effective immediately, satellite communications devices that have the capability for two-way texting may now communicate directly with the Park County Sheriff’s 911 Communications Center by sending a text message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This dedicated email address will sound an alarm notifying on duty communications personnel that an emergency message has been received. Dispatchers can then communicate directly with the device where ever it is located. They can ask questions regarding the emergency and update you as to the emergency response being coordinated through the Park County Search and Rescue as they mobilize the resources necessary for the situation.
Commercial devices such as the most recent upgrade to SPOT® or the Garmin inReach® device currently have the capability to press one button for “SOS” or emergency assistance. This will send an alert to the device’s third party emergency monitoring center which will then relay the request for assistance to the closest 911 center.
However, these devices also have the capability for two-way texting. And by using the sheriff’s email address, you can connect directly to your emergency responders without going through the “middle man” communications monitoring center. This enhances any and all response to your emergency situation by allowing our first responders to ask questions, clarifying the situation, the location and any injuries.
Sheriff Scott Steward commented that in emergency situations, speed and clarity are the key to a successful outcome. “The texting capability should never be used in place of the ‘SOS’ button on your device. But by contacting our dispatch center directly via text message after pressing the ‘SOS’, you can enhance our response. We can know who is involved, the nature of the emergency, and the precise location, allowing us to get there as quickly as possible with the proper resources to resolve the situation.”
If you wish to use this service, simply add our email address, email@example.com to the contacts list on your device. There are no charges over your normal subscription rates. Be sure your device settings include location information, owners name, GPS coordinates and a way to respond.
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
Have you ever thought of being on the front lines of first responders in emergency situations? Would you like to enjoy a career of helping people when situations are at their worst? Would you like to be counted on for assistance by police, fire, emergency medical, and most importantly, your fellow citizens? If so, a position as a Communications Officer may be for you.
Although the job description and the job duties of a Communications Officer are fairly straightforward, the challenges and rewards of this profession may not always be so evident. Emergency dispatching can be incredibly taxing, and is therefore not for everyone. But it can be incredibly rewarding, particularly following a situation where emergency communication services help save a life. The sense of gratification and fulfillment experienced following a harrowing 911 call is one of the reasons many of these professionals remain in this field for a long period of time.
No amount of training and education can prepare an individual to handle a frantic caller or a caller whose life is in danger. Some people can be calm in these situations, while others simply cannot. Communications Officers must be able to keep their stress at bay and handle their emotions at all times. Are you up for the challenge?
If so, the Park County Sheriff’s Office has an opening for a Communications Officer in our 911 Dispatch Center. The position requires varied interpersonal communications skills and requires the successful candidate to multi-task in a wide variety of situations.
This is a full time position requiring rotating shifts including midnights, weekends and holidays. Pre-employment physical and psychological tests are required. The successful candidate will be required to attend a two-week basic communications officer school at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in Douglas. Benefits include shift differential, paid vacation and sick leave, holiday pay, medical and life insurance, and contribution to the state of Wyoming Retirement System. Uniforms are also provided.
For more information or to download an application, click on the “Careers” tab at the top of this page or contact the Park County Sheriff’s Office at 307-527-8710. Applications will be accepted until August 25th and must be submitted in person to the Park County Sheriff’s Office at 1402 River View Drive in Cody.