Jim Geeting is a retired Wyoming state trooper.
He began his law enforcement career in 1982 with the Evanston Police Department and eventually moved to the Wyoming
Highway Patrol. During his career, Jim earned a Distinguished Service Medal,
Purple Heart and two Colonel’s Commendations. He has served as an academy
instructor, field training officer, member of the Highway Patrol Special Services Squad and the president of the Wyoming Highway
For several years Jim penned “The Badge” a column in one of the
largest newspapers in Wyoming. Those columns are the source of two of his books:
“The Badge: Thoughts from a State Trooper” and “The Badge Part Two - More Thoughts from a Retired State
Trooper.” In these two books, Jim explores “in a friendly and plain-spoken
manner the dynamics and human interactions police officers live with on a daily basis, such as the special relationship between
cops and kids, cops and other cops, cops and criminals, and the unique challenges peace officers face in maintaining a normal
Jim’s third book, “Truckers and Troopers” “gives a
long overdue and well deserved tribute to the American truck driver--a group of over four million men and women of all ages.
Stories of sacrifice, generosity and outright valor, are told in a way only a state trooper who had been there, could tell
them. Finally, the general reading public can be amazed at the character and class of the truckers they have seen and shared
the roadways with, from Main to California; Seattle to the Florida Keys.” Jim
has also authored “Shots Fired Shots Forgiven, The Steve Watt Story.”
According to the book description of The Badge: Thoughts from a State Trooper, "Author and Wyoming State Trooper, Jim Geeting,
discusses in a friendly and plain-spoken manner the dynamics and human interactions police officers live with on a daily basis,
such as the special relationship between cops and kids, cops and other cops, cops and criminals, and the unique challenges
peace officers face in maintaining a normal family life."
According to the book description of Shots Fired Shots Forgiven, The Steve Watt Story, "As a young boy, Steve Watt knew he
wanted to be a Wyoming State Trooper. At the age of twenty-three, he was sworn in. A few years later, Trooper Watt stopped
a car whose driver he hoped had information on the whereabouts of a bank robber fleeing from Colorado to Wyoming.
But the driver of the car he pulled over was not a witness to the
crime...he was the actual bank robber! In an instant, the criminal was out of his car and shooting at Trooper Watt. The first
bullet went through the trooper's windshield and into Steve Watt's left eye. Before the gunfight was over, Watt was
shot four more times and left for dead. But Steve Watt did not die...he fought back!
And that is where the story of Steve Watt's life begins. After years of bitterness and hatred for
the man who tried to kill him, Steve Watt found a life with Christ that brought forgiveness and friendship toward Mark Farnham,
the man who shot him five times. A friendship so powerful that former trooper, former member of the Wyoming House of Representatives,
and now D.A.R.E. instructor and ordained minister Steve Watt has lobbied to obtain Mark Farnham's freedom from prison
in an act of Christian forgiveness.
According to the book description of Cops and Kids - A Very Special Friendship, "This is a heartwarming collection of the
author's thoughts from his award winning column, "The Badge," where the life of a state trooper and its myriad
of emotional pulls are discussed; particularly those of the children a police officer meets on the job. Heart wrenching and
heartwarming, all in one book."