Business as Usual for Cheyenne Police Since Open Container Law Took Effect
Cheyenne police say they haven't seen an increase in drinking-related calls or citations in the downtown area since the city's new open container law took effect on May 27.
"So far, it has been business as usual," Public Information Officer Alex Farkas told KGAB Radio.
The ordinance permits the possession of open malt beverage and wine containers within the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) district boundaries every year between the Thursday before Memorial Day and Labor Day.
During this time frame, open containers are allowed every day between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. in public spaces.
Some KGAB listeners and Facebook followers, especially those with young children, have expressed concerns about public drinking during the Cheyenne Frontier Days pancake breakfasts and parades.
"Aren't these supposed to be family-friendly events," questioned one parent. "How is this a good thing for the kids?"
But Farkas says calls for service in the downtown area have been much lower this year than they were in 2019.
"While call volume has been steady, the CPD has increased officer presence in the DDA district during Fridays on the Plaza each week to maintain public safety," she said.