By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily
The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office added a new deputy to its staff on Tuesday.
Honorable Judge Curt Haws held a ceremony to officially welcome a Pinedale 4-year-old named Noel to the crime-fighting unit.
Sgt. Travis Bingham told Cowboy State Daily that a number of citizens had seen Noel driving his mini Police Power Wheel around town and soon thereafter the department decided to deputize him.
“We appreciate these opportunities to connect with youth in positive way around our community. It’s refreshing to see kids interested in law enforcement as they are our future leaders and one day will be protecting this same community,” Bingham said.
One of Noel’s first acts as a deputy was to jail his sister.
Noel was photographed handcuffing her and walking his sister to a cell.
Noel appears to be a friendly law enforcement officer as his sister was allowed to have a lollipop during her processing.
Also present for the swearing-in ceremony, but offering no comment, was a stuffed animal.
Sublette County Sheriff KC Lehr pinned an honorary badge on Noel’s uniform with multiple SCSO personnel present. During the ceremony the Honorable Judge Haws stated “It’s wonderful to be part of something positive”.
“We thank Noel for stopping by and taking interest in law enforcement, we wish him well in the future as he will undoubtedly continue to patrol the streets of Sublette County,” Bingham said.