(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - An analysis of local crime data
recently released from the Cheyenne
Police Department shows an increase in crime and a decline in police
CPD currently only has an authorized staffing of 1.63 officers per 1,000
Cheyenne residents, the lowest staffing it has had in recent history. To
reach the U.S average of 2.3 officers per 1,000 residents, the department
would have to fill an additional 42 positions.
This decrease in the number of officers available to respond to calls has
left officers responding to calls without a backup officer. Last year,
reports show an increase in assaults on officers with 169 incidents that
involved the suspect being actively aggressive toward the police.
The department saw a 12 percent increase in calls for service from 2014 to
2015, leaving patrol officers to handle 33 percent more calls than officers
in similar communities. Average response time for a call that is not in
progress is at 40 minutes, due to this lack in resources. Unable to
investigate all crimes, police are now investigating crimes based on a
Due to several factors that other communities may not have, Cheyenne has a
crime rate above the U.S. average. During Cheyenne Frontier Days, the city
sees an influx of people and with it an influx of crime. The city also
attracts people to the area year-round for the region’s retail shopping,
which also leads to an increase in theft. Additionally, some residents have
a perception that crime is low, and as result, fail to secure their
The city saw a 16 percent increase in Part 1 crimes in 2015 and an 81
percent increase in violent crime, which is still 46 percent below the U.S.
"I am very proud of the committed service our employees are providing our
citizens, despite declining resources,” said Chief of Police Brian Kozak.
Even with declining resources, CPD has been able to lower the crime rate
almost 40% during the last six years to a point where it was equal to US
average in 2014. This was done by becoming more efficient in the way the
department communicates with the public, responds to false alarms, and
manages civil calls and private property crashes.