CHEYENNE,Wyo.— The Cheyenne Police Department has completed its first month of the Operation Change program.
As a result of increased enforcement downtown, CPD officers have conducted 76 hours of dedicated foot/bicycle patrols downtown and had 121 contacts with transients. Summonses were issued to 46 people for offenses including public intoxication, open container, and unlawful entry onto property. CPD officers have made 21 arrests through the program. Treatment and rehabilitation are important aspects of Operation Change, and Peak Wellness has been visiting transient offenders in the jail to provide treatment options. Through this outreach, three people have committed to outpatient treatment with Peak Wellness.
In addition to the proactive enforcement, the Cheyenne Police Department is encouraging residents who want to donate money to homeless issues to donate to local charities rather than giving money to transients directly. In Wyoming, it is illegal for a person to solicit from a roadway because it impedes traffic and can be dangerous for both motorists and pedestrians. Money provided to charities such as the Comea Shelter can help to address homeless needs and won’t be misused for alcohol or drugs.
Officer Kevin Malatesta, Public Information Officer, 307-633- 6653, firstname.lastname@example.org
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