As part of its ongoing efforts to proactively address crime, the Cheyenne Police Department has set up a new Crime Prevention Team.

Public Information Officer Alex Farkas says the unit is comprised of patrol officers, a criminal intelligence technician, and a supervisor.

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"The Crime Prevention Team (CPT) will use a community-based policing approach known as Problem-Oriented Policing, which helps officers identify the underlying causes of crime and work closely with the public to develop solutions," Farkas said in a news release Wednesday afternoon.

Primary Goals

  • Crime analysis: Identify crime trends, hotspots, and patterns to develop targeted strategies aimed at reducing criminal activity.
  • Public education: Host community meetings to discuss crime trends and prevention measures citizens can take.
  • Host CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) training for local businesses and organizations: Officers selected to join the team undergo specialized training in CPTED, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to conduct reviews and make recommendations in areas with elevated levels of crime.
  • Inter-agency coordination: Foster partnerships with local businesses and community organizations to implement CPTED design strategies that deter criminal activity and enhance community safety.

Cheyenne Police Chief Hoping to Deter Criminal Activity

"This new team marks a significant step forward in our ongoing efforts to proactively address crime," said Chief Mark Francisco.

"It is our hope that the Crime Prevention Team’s projects will build upon the positive relationships we have established within our community and working together, deter criminal activity," Francisco added.

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