Other WASCOP Projects
WASCOP has provided past financial support to the Wyoming D.A.R.E. Officers Association for their annual D.A.R.E. officer training. This training held at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy trains new D.A.R.E. officers for Wyoming law enforcement agencies to teach the D.A.R.E program in Wyoming’s elementary and middle schools. Wyoming D.A.R.E. Officers Association also hosts an annual conference for D.A.R.E. officers and School Resource Officers in Wyoming.
Wyoming Special Olympics
WASCOP is a proud sponsor of Wyoming Special Olympics. Special Olympics Wyoming is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, providing year-round opportunities for sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Currently over 1,100 athletes and thousands of volunteers, family members and friends take part in the activities of Special Olympics Wyoming. Each year WASCOP is a main sponsor of the Law Enforcement Torch Run event.
WASCOP also facilitates messaging to Wyoming law enforcement agencies to promote Torch Run involvement. Funds raised by the
Torch Run event support Special Olympics Wyoming events such as the Summer and Winter Games.
WASCOP provides leadership on promoting traffic safety throughout the State of Wyoming through the activities of the Traffic Safety Committee (TSC). The TSC provides the WASCOP leadership advice on critical traffic safety issues. The TSCs goal is to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs of traffic crashes. This is accomplished through the following objectives:
Develop strong partnerships with State, Federal, and local governments to find innovative approaches involving education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity.
Identify trends in traffic safety.
Identify effective strategies to combat traffic safety problems.
To provide assistance in the development of statewide policies for traffic crash reduction,
enforcement and reporting.
In order to further these goals and objectives WASCOP has partnered with the State of Wyoming Office of Highway Safety in the management of traffic safety grants awarded to Wyoming through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Wyoming Office of Highway Safety has developed a grant funding formula based on traffic crash data designed to make resources available to agencies to implement strategies that accomplish traffic safety objectives. This granting formula is designed to direct adequate traffic safety resources to every Wyoming community to assist in accomplishing traffic safety goals statewide. WASCOP administers the granting process for its members including the application process, distribution of funds, oversight of programs to ensure program goals are being met, payment of grant funds to agencies and all reporting requirements.