A spokesman for the Cheyenne Police Department says that agency is using the Citizens On Patrol program to take up some of the slack caused by under staffing.

Officer Dan Long says the agency is currently four people short of being fully staffed, and is making up some of that difference by using the citizen volunteers. Members of the Citizens On Patrol are graduates of the department's Citizen's Police Academy, which the department offers several times a year.

The course offers the chance to learn about the basics of police work, such as traffic enforcement, crime scene investigation and other topics. The two programs were recognized with a "Community Hero" award by the Wyoming Association of Municipalities at their annual convention earlier this month in Casper.