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Last updated Jan. 20, 2020
No knock warrants
Wyoming has not yet enacted a law eliminating the use of no-knock warrants.
Wyoming has not yet enacted a law ending its participation in programs that facilitate the transfer of military weapons from the federal government to police departments.
Military style training
Wyoming has not yet enacted a law refocusing training away from self-defense responses and towards community centered training like that offered by Blue Courage.
Locally, departments in Jackson, Cheyenne, and Grand Teton have partnered with foundations and consulting groups to receive implicit bias and de-escalation training.
Wyoming has not yet enacted a law requiring the recording and cataloging of SWAT team use.
Civil asset forfeiture
In 2018, the governor signed a bill banning law enforcement from using roadside waivers to pressure motorists to inadvertently allow their funds to be seized under civil asset forfeiture laws. However, up to 100% of forfeiture proceeds go to the police department
Wyoming has not yet enacted a law ending quotas for low-level arrests. House legislators attempted to ban quotas in 2015 (House Bill 125), but were unsuccessful.
Cost of misconduct
Wyoming has not yet enacted a law requiring police departments (not state general funds) to cover the cost of misconduct.
Wyoming has not yet enacted a law decriminalizing minor offenses that do not threaten public safety such as spitting and loitering.
Objective justification for stops
Wyoming has not yet enacted a law requiring officers to establish objective justification for making a stop (i.e. not simply for furtive movement, suspicious activity, or matching a generalized description).
Reporting stop details
Wyoming has not yet enacted a law requiring comprehensive reporting of police stops (noting location, race, gender, whether force was used and whether a firearm was found). The state does collect data about stops broken down by race and gender, but uses it for internal law enforcement training.
Reckless civil rights violation
Wyoming has not yet enacted a law lowering the prosecution requirement from ‘willful’ to ‘reckless’ deprivation of another’s rights.
Wyoming relies on its Division of Criminal Investigation, a division of the Wyoming State Attorney General's Office, to look into cases involving officer-involved shootings.
Wyoming has not yet enacted a law ending qualified immunity.
Mental health response
Wyoming has not yet enacted a law creating and funding a mental health task force available to respond to crisis calls (in lieu of police). In 2016, HB0044 aimed to "develop the next generation 911 emergency communication services" but it died in committee. In 2020, house bill HB0030 "[endeavored] to provide recommendations for the delivery of high quality, cost effective and accessible community mental health services... to Wyoming's citizens". This task force would have worked with state and local agencies to collect data. This bill also died in committee.
Locally, Teton County police officers have been receiving Crisis Intervention Training for the past three years.
Education, Housing, Community Health Resources
It is important to note that policing does not address the roots of social disadvantage and barriers to (economic) opportunity that often lead to crime. Nor should police be burdened with that responsibility.
Without access to quality resources in healthcare, education, and housing, our cities, neighborhoods, and families will continue to suffer. We should instead reassess the budgets of the state government and reinvest in the services that matter most.
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