By Staff 1-12,2016
The Cheyenne Police Department has seen an increase in the number of assaults on police officers within the city in 2015.
The Cheyenne Police Department on average arrests 3,000 suspects a year and at times has to use reasonable force to gain compliance.
In 2015 officers used force above standard handcuffing on 218 individuals while attempting to make an arrest, which is an increase of 19% from 2014. Of these individuals, 169 of them used physical force against the officer. In 130 of these cases there was only one officer involved in the use of force. Additionally, officers responded to 35 incidents where the suspect was reported to be armed or actually armed with a deadly weapon. “I am very concerned about the increase in violence towards our officers. With a large number of these incidents involving a response by a sole officer, the safety of our police officers must remain a priority,” said Police Chief Brian Kozak.
Each and every use of force incident is reviewed by the department. Based on the analysis and review of these incidents the department establishes and modifies department wide training concerning use of force. A great deal of the use of force training conducted at the department is done through a state-of-the-art practical use of force simulator. This simulator allows officers to train on dozens of different use of force scenarios. These scenarios can adapt and change based on the actions of the officer.