(Lander, WY) – At the July 13th, County Commissioners’ meeting, Sheriff Ryan Lee gave the monthly commission report, where he stated that Fentanyl use was on the rise in Fremont County, with responders averaging 2-3 calls per week.
According to Lee, whose sentiments were echoed by Lander Chief of Police Scott Peters at the Lander City Council meeting later that day, while there haven’t been any documented deaths directly caused by the drug, a large portion of these calls end up in overdoses.
Due to the higher volume of opioid abuse and overdoses, Officers have been receiving NARCAN training.
In total, the Sheriff’s Office has responded to 3,900 calls for service this year. There were a total of 140 bookings for the month of June, up 18 from last month. Of these bookings, 51 were for RPD, 54 for FCSO, 37 for LPD, 5 for WHP, 2 for USM, and 3 for SPD.
The current inmate population sits at 185 in house, and 189 total (including 3 juvenile occupants and 1 in home confinement).
In terms of sentencing demographics, of the 185 in house inmates, 38 have been sentenced, and 147 are pre-adjudicated, with 44% awaiting disposition in District Court, 42% in Riverton Circuit Court, and 11% in Lander Circuit Court.
So far there have been 2 search and rescue missions for this fiscal year, compared to zero this time last fiscal year. Of these missions, air resources were utilized once, and there have been no fatalities.
There were 2,193 Emergency Dispatch Center calls for the month of June, and according to Sheriff Lee, the FCSO “continues to assist their agency with radio upgrades and the deployment of MDT/GPS technology for all ambulances with integrated mapping,” with testing phases set to begin this week.
Lee also stated that the FCSO has “cemented an outstanding working relationship with Frontier Ambulance Administration and crews.”