Cheyenne Mayor Says Property Crime Has Reached ‘Tragic Levels’
What can be done about the increased property crimes in Cheyenne? Some may say we need to get tougher on crime, or we need to increase the number of law enforcement (LE) patrolling our streets. Do we need a plan or maybe work on communication between the various LE agencies, or what about a better communication plan between LE agencies and the community? I say YES to all of these solutions. There is another part of the solution, however, YOU. You are part of the solution.
You are a big part of protecting our communities. You drive the same route each day, you live in the affected neighborhoods, you may use one our local parks frequently, etc. You know what is normal. In your neighborhood, you know what cars should be there, you know if the person in that back alley is the resident or a stranger, you are observant and can be the first eyes on anything out of normal. With your help we can take back our community and bring the offenders to justice. The jail is open and we are more than happy to give the violators room and board at the grey bar motel. Even through the pandemic, we never closed our doors and only modified our procedures to balance the safety of the staff and community.
The Department of Homeland Security offers these steps as way to be aware of your surroundings and what to do if you see someone or thing that is suspicious.
1. WHO do you see?
2. WHAT did you see?
3. WHEN did you see?
4. WHERE did it occur?
5. WHY is it suspicious?
If you feel it is suspicious or it is an emergency call 9-1-1 and give them the above information.
We can pull together all the officers and other agencies as we can. We can increase patrolling areas the areas that are prone to higher crime and we can have all of the meetings we want to discuss what is going on but an important piece of this is YOU. Keep your eyes open, be observant, report what you find as suspicious. Call 9-1-1 if there is something going on.
What can you expect from me as your next sheriff?
* Continue working on uniting the LE and other first responder agencies.
* Continue strengthening the ties between LE and community-based organizations.
* Continue working on building a strong sheriff’s department to include ongoing training as well as moral and staffing.
* Continue my open-door policy with the dedicated Sheriff’s Department staff and increase availability to the Sheriff.
* Be an additional set of eyes and ears in Laramie County as I spend time in the various communities listening to their concerns and working on solutions.
* Ensure the deputies are out and about as much as possible as well as thoroughly investigating crimes.
What do you think needs to happen to keep our community safe? Chime in, we would love to hear your ideas.