For Immediate Release June 2023
Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police Announces New Executive Director
DOUGLAS, Wy – The Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police (WASCOP) has named Allen Thompson as its executive director.
In his new role, Thompson brings extensive experience in
public service at the administrator level, a deep focus on
leadership development, and skills in public relations.
“I am humbled to be selected for this position and am very
excited about the opportunity to continue working with the
great law enforcement professionals across the state,”
Thompson began his career in law enforcement with the
Sheridan Police Department in 1998. He worked uniform
patrol and trained new officers, eventually being promoted to patrol sergeant. In 2006, Thompson accepted a position at the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office. He rose through the ranks and became undersheriff in 2017. Later that year, he was selected as the Sheridan County Sheriff and served in that role until he retired at the end of 2022.
“We are so very pleased to announce this appointment,” said Sheriff Jeff Hodge, WASCOP President. “Thompson is uniquely prepared to perform the executive director duties of WASCOP and has a well-established understanding of contemporary law enforcement needs across Wyoming.”
WASCOP represents its members at the federal, state, and local level through members serving on boards, commissions, and coalitions, representation at the Wyoming State Legislature, and charitable activities across the state on behalf of our members.
Objectives and Purpose //
To identify, evaluate and address common challenges faced by public law enforcement agencies located within the geographic boundaries of the State of Wyoming and to secure
cooperative action in advancing the common purpose of the members of the association.
The Association holds membership meetings three times a year. The first meeting of the year is in conjunction with the Wyoming Legislation in Cheyenne. The second meeting is in conjunction with the WASCOP Leadership Conference each April, and the third is in conjunction with the Wyoming Association of County Commissioners in September. Other meetings of the executive board and committees are held throughout the year.
Strategic Intentions //
The WASCOP Board of Directors and members help the association in conducting work throughout the State of Wyoming to fulfill the mission of the organization. The committees are:
Training and Education
Law Enforcement Issues
Legislative Activity //
WASCOP is responsive to the needs and requests of the Wyoming State Legislature for information on public safety issues. WASCOP’s primary activity is to provide information to individual legislators and committees as they consider legislation. WASCOP monitors committee activity, proposed legislation, and provide testimony for clarification of issues as our Legislature considers laws and policies that affect public safety and law enforcement statewide.