Dwane Pacheco Announces Election Bid for Sweetwater County Sheriff

Dwane Pacheco Announces Election Bid for Sweetwater County Sheriff

SWEETWATER COUNTY — Former Rock Springs Police Chief Dwane Pacheco announced today he is running for Sweetwater County Sheriff.

“I have been a resident of Sweetwater County for 54 years, a retired Air Force Reserve Veteran and recently retired Rock Springs Police Chief with over 31 years of service, eight years leading the agency,” Pacheco said.

In addition to Pacheco’s service at the RSPD, he served 4 1⁄2 years active duty in the United States Air Force as a Security Police Law Enforcement Specialist. He enlisted in the Air Force Reserve (USAFR) in 1990 and was activated after September 11, 2001, for a one year active duty tour by presidential orders for Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom. He retired from the USAFR in 2007.

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Pacheco has a professional Wyoming Peace Officer certification with 31 years of experience, officer, sergeant, detective sergeant, SWAT team supervisor, division commander, SWAT team commander, police chief with approximately 3,000 hours of formal training. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, 201st Session, in 2000.

Since 2006, Pacheco has been a member of the Sweetwater Treatment Court Team as a commander and the Sweetwater Treatment Court Foundation for the past eight years as police chief.

The RSPD led the efforts on Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, he said. The purpose of CIT is to create a community response for people experiencing crisis.

“We partnered with Southwest Counseling, Sweetwater Prevention Coalition and the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County to bring a 40 hour CIT training to first responders. To date, 45 first responders have received CIT training and the goal is to hold a class every six months,” he said.

He is a member of the American Legion Archie Hay Post 24; Lifetime member of the Rock Springs Police Department Police Protective Association; Lifetime member of the Wyoming Peace Officers Association; FBI National Academy Associates Rocky Mountain Chapter; FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association; International Association of Chiefs of Police; Lifetime member of the NRA; Past member of the Sweetwater Combined Communications Center Joint Powers Board; Past member of the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Board. Pacheco has served on many other boards and organizations over the years/

Pacheco is married with two adult children who work for industry in Sweetwater County and a daughter who will be a high school senior next school year.

This is just a snapshot of Pacheco’s official announcement, to read the entire document click here.