The Cheyenne Police Department has a part-time group of individuals called Community Service Officers (CSO) who assist the department with day-to-day tasks. Two weeks ago the CSO’s received five brand new Ford trucks. The officers are not sworn in so they cannot investigate criminal matters but they can help out with civil matters the department handles.
The CSO’s can write traffic tickets and parking citations and deal a lot with abandoned property. In the last year they have transitioned over to crash investigations. CPD says that frees up the sworn officers to go out and investigate crimes and be proactive in their policing activities.
“The retrieval of abandoned property, those bicycles, things like that,” said Kevin Malatesta, Public Information Officer for Cheyenne Police Department. “We use our CSO’s at big events, so whether it be Superday, the marathon, Cheyenne Frontier Days, things like that. We’ll have them assist in traffic control and setting up cones, towing the speed trailers.”
The cost of the Ford trucks was covered by the same budget that funds the entire CPD vehicle fleet. Anyone interested can apply to a CSO position through the City’s website.