By TIMILEE WILBER
LYMAN- Lyman Police Officer Allen Van Wagoner has joined the ranks of the Lyman Police Department after completing 13 weeks at the Wyoming Police Academy in March.
His training included time spent in a classroom setting, as well as practical training.
His training included investigation, custody, vehicle stops, DUI maneuvers and current case law. One memorable aspect of the training, according to Van Wagoner, was when recruits were required to experience the effects of pepper spray, while still being able to function as a law enforcement officer.
Van Wagoner stated, “I loved it.” He completed the 541 hours of training with 36 other recruits from the State of Wyoming.
Van Wagoner grew up in Taylorsville, Utah, and graduated there from Murray High School in 2001. He was interested in sports and competed in baseball, basketball and football.
While attending Murray High School, Van Wagoner participated in the Murray City Cadet Program. He was paired with Murray City Police officers doing ground patrol and participated in both underage “beer buys” and “tobacco buys.”
While in the cadet program, he worked under Detective Rob Hall, who is the reason why Van Wagoner became interested in police work. He said, “Hall was an example of high moral standards, both on and off duty, and was very family oriented.”
In addition to his work with the Lyman Police Department, Van Wagoner is working toward a degree in criminal justice.
Van Wagoner served an LDS mission in the Spokane, Wash. area, which included a number of small towns. Van Wagoner stated that he loves small towns.
“Lyman is a great place to be,” he said, “so when the opportunity to live and work in Lyman came, I applied.”
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