Increased Police Presence Key to Combating Underage Drinking at CFD
New strategies to combat underage drinking at Cheyenne Frontier Days seem to be working.
Cheyenne Police Officer Dan Long says limiting customers to no more than two beers per sale, ending alcohol sales 45 minutes before the park closes and not allowing intoxicated individuals to purchase alcohol have been key in reducing alcohol related incidents.
"So far the strategies seem to be working because we've only had one arrest for fighting at the night show," said Long. "In the past we've usually had several by now."
Long says police issued 67 liquor related violation citations during the first three nights of CFD, 45 of which were for underage drinking. He says that's because of an increased presence of plainclothes officers on the park looking for those alcohol violations.
"There's always been that underage drinking out there," said Long. "Now we actually have more officers up there to actually enforce that and so I think that's why you're seeing the higher numbers this year."
Cheyenne Police issued 33 underage drinking tickets during CFD last year.