The Cheyenne Police Department will host its 8th annual Neighborhood Night Out on July 11.

The multi-block party is designed to bring neighbors, businesses and police together to recognize and prevent crime in the community.

"We really want to show the citizens of Cheyenne that we are part of the community," said Officer Kevin Malatesta. "We're approachable, they can come to us with questions."

Malatesta says about 25 block parties will be taking place throughout the city, including one at the police department.

"We've got a police band that's going to be playing at that, food will be coming from the Rib & Chop House and we've got a few sponsors like Little America and Halladay Motors who are helping us," said Malatesta. "It's something a little bit different for folks who are downtown."

"The Wyoming State Museum is helping us out as well," Malatesta added. "To coincide with the 150th anniversary, they're going to bring down a couple of things and have some games for kids to play to kind of show them what life was like 150 years ago."

Malatesta urges anyone interested in hosting a block party to contact him at (307) 633-6653 or

"It's not quite too late, but it's getting close to that," said Malatesta. "We do have to have permits and applications back to us by June 30 and they're going to need some time to get everything filled out."

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