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Jim Geeting

P.O. Box 3054
Rock Springs, Wyoming, United States


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Jim is a retired Wyoming State Trooper with 18 years on the Wyoming Highway Patrol. He has been serving in Wyoming law enforcement since 1982, with two more years on the Evanston Police Department. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal for successful criminal negotiations and the Purple Heart, for injuries on the job. Trooper Geeting has received two “Colonel’s Commendations” from two different WHP Administrators and even appeared as himself in a hair raising episode of “The Real Stories of the Highway Patrol” television series, reenacting one of his hostage negotiations.

He is certified as an Academy Instructor for officer survival, traffic stops and, as a Field Training Officer. He served for eight years on the Wyoming Highway Patrol Special Services Squad (reactionary team) and served for four years as President of the Wyoming Highway Patrol Association.

Jim had the priviledge of serving as the editor of the “Wyoming State Trooper” fraternal magazine of the Wyoming Highway Patrol and, for the last few years he has been writing a column called “The Badge,” twice a month in the Rock Springs Daily Rocket Miner and monthly, in Wyoming’s two largest newspapers; the Casper Star-Tribune and the Cheyenne Tribune-Eagle.

Over his career he became concerned with the lack of connection between those in his profession and the general public. He wanted to offer a word or two from one of the vast majority of cops – the regular men and women who do police work as a profession – not as a lifestyle.

He speaks to the reader not as a cop who writes, but as the husband of a schoolteacher, the father of two teenaged sons and just a neighbor, who happens to be a cop. He discusses in a friendly, plainspoken way, the dynamics and human interactions police officers live with on a daily basis and talks about the special relationship between cops and kids, other cops and criminals and, the unique challenges peace officers face in maintaining a normal family life.

Jim has received the Pacemaker Award for two of the last three years from the Wyoming Press Association and still writes the column today.

Interests: Fishing, hunting, outdoor life, NASCAR, flying, photography and of course, writing. I've played guitar since the age of 12 and have done vocals professionally

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • The Badge: Thoughts From a State Trooper
  • Shots Fired Shots Forgiven: The Steve Watt Story