The recently welcomed Jordan Batts, a new officer working the overnight shift. Originally from Florida, Batts attended college in Ohio and worked as a officer for Parks for nine years before coming to our community.

“I am excited to welcome Officer Batts to our team,” says Brooke Brady, Chief. “He will be a great asset to the community and to the department. I look forward to watching him grow in the department and develop relationships with the community and city staff.”

We asked Batts a few questions about choosing a career, what he thinks of Wyoming, and how he spends his time when he’s not working.

Officer Batts is sworn in as Wyoming’s newest officer.

Why did you decide to become a officer?  

My career in law enforcement was an easy choice for me. I love interacting with people and community engagement. I also enjoy critical thinking and problem solving, which is something officers have to do on a daily basis.

Tell us a little bit about your background.

I grew up in a small town in central Florida. My father was a deputy sheriff down there and my older brother is also a deputy sheriff, currently serving the role of K9 handler. I moved to Ohio for college and fell in love with the state. I have a degree in Wildlife Management from Hocking College, and I also went through the academy there. My OPOTA certification is from the National Ranger Training Institute. I worked for nine years as a park ranger before coming to Wyoming Police Department.

What are your early impressions of Wyoming?

I have found that I thoroughly enjoy policing in a smaller community such as Wyoming. This was a key component when making the decision to work here and change my career path as a former park ranger. The residents I serve here have been very welcoming and supportive.

Do you have any interesting hobbies or activities you enjoy outside of work?

I love anything that keeps me in the outdoors. I own horses and enjoy riding from time to time. I also enjoy during the summer and tapping maple trees to make maple syrup in late winter/early spring.

What do you love most about your job?

What I love most about my job is the ability to be outside engaging with the public rather than in an office setting. I also really enjoy the officers I have the pleasure of working with every shift. I love the camaraderie and the welcoming presence this department has provided to me as a new employee.

Welcome to Wyoming, Officer Batts!