Hall of Fame Inductee - Lori Emmert
Lori Emmert, Chief of Police (ret), began her career in 1980 and for the past 36 years has given us the opportunity to watch the State of Wyoming Law Enforcement community benefit from her high level of integrity, loyalty and dedication to Wyoming Law Enforcement.
Chief Emmert was first employed with the Douglas Police Department in 1980 as a communications officer. Her levels of intelligence, ability and work ethic allowed for rapid acceptance among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and eventually promotion to the position of the Douglas Police Departments Chief of Police in 2003.
Earlier in her career as a member of the Wyoming Peace Officer Association (WPOA) , Chief Emmert energized what had previously become a somewhat status quo training program for dispatchers.
Moving through the chairs of the Communications sub-committee, she eventually became the President of the WPOA Communications Division and continued to develop training and educational programs not only dispatchers, but the entire training program for WPOA. As well, Chief Emmert was a guest instructor for 20 years at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy helping with the development of the Dispatch Certification Program, she was instrumental in developing, reviewing and improving instructor skills and curricula and instructed at the Peace Officer Basics.
She was instrumental in assisting the Douglas Police Department in bringing the Western Regional Community Oriented Policing Consortium (WRICOPS), to Wyoming, and involving the Department in the first assessment and report on Community Policing in Wyoming. As a result she was selected to be a WRICOPS Cadre member and participated in assessments throughout the western region. She was selected and attended the FBI National Academy , appointed as a commissioner to the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission by Governor Freudenthal for two terms, and is an integral part of the Wyoming Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police Association (WASCOP).
To summarize, Chief Emmert, from 1980 till the present, even in retirement, continues to dedicate a large portion of her life to Wyoming Law Enforcement. Her energy, intelligence, loyalty and integrity have brought positive recognition to Wyoming from federal agencies and state government. Her character traits have built bridges with community members and elected officials not only within Wyoming but nationally as well. Most importantly, “…none of her commitment was ever put forth for personal gain”.