Helpful tips for writing your complaint to POST
You’ll write your message in the text box on Step 2,
where it says “Personalize your message.”
REMEMBER TO DELETE THE TEXT THAT SAYS “[DELTE THIS TEXT AND INSERT YOUR MESSAGE HERE]”
Don’t click the “Send message” button until you write your message.
YOUR MESSAGE SHOULD HAVE THREE SHORT PARTS:
1. Say who you are.
Make sure you mention you’re from Wyoming (or why Colling’s position in law enforcement is relevant to you).
My name is ____ and I’m a Wyoming resident in _______.
2. Say what you want.
I’m writing today to ask you to consider permanently revoking Derek Colling’s certification as a peace officer in Wyoming.
3. Say why you want it.
This is where you can add a sentence or two about why this is important to you. Be sure to mention that Colling’s conduct has negatively impacted your trust in the law enforcement profession as a whole.
IMPORTANT: KEEP IT BRIEF
No one reads long, drawn out emails. If you start wandering off point, your complaint will lose credibility.
PRO TIP: CHANGE THE MESSAGE SUBJECT
This will make your message look less like spam.
– Colling is a legal liability to Albany County and anywhere else he may work. His previous legal settlements cost Las Vegas $100,000 after he beat a man who was filming police.
– The Laramie Police Chief, Dale Stalder, fired Derek Colling from the special response team. His decision has been regarded positively by the community, yet Sheriff Dave O’Malley won’t fire Derek Colling.
– The community did not support the hiring of Colling as a patrol officer in 2014 due to his violent history.
– A quarter of law enforcement ever fire their service weapon, and a fraction of them fatally shoot anyone. Colling has killed three people.
– The public is afraid to ask for help from law enforcement because Colling may be the officer who responds.
– The community may be unwilling to work with law enforcement in investigations due to the general distrust towards law enforcement.
– If Corporal Colling isn’t decertified, he can still work as a peace officer and place other communities at risk.
Click here for more information on why we need to decertify Derek Colling.