The Shoshoni Police Department recently received a $240,000 grant from the Department of Justice COPS Hiring Program to hire additional officers, and better serve the community.
SPD has now taken on the Shoshoni School’s Resource Officer, helping ease the budget burden many schools are facing this year. They are currently searching for another full-time officer to join their team.
“We are reimagining as being actively involved in the community itself,” SPD Chief Chris Konija shared. “We want to be known as more than just traffic cops, but being responsive to everyone.”
Their intent is to provide services all day, every day for the Shoshoni community. “We want people to know we will be the first to respond,” Konija continued. The hope is to ease some of the dependency on the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.
Part of this rebuilding includes a little facelift, Konija noted. They received a new vehicle, a second one is almost ready and got updated SPD patches for their uniforms.