Laramie was recently declared the second-safest city in the state, in the 2017 National Council for Home Safety and Security’s Safest Cities in Wyoming report. Laramie Police Department Lt. Gwen Smith writes in an email, it was nice to be recognized for the work the department has done to keep the community safe. A reason Laramie could be the second safest in the state is because the LPD emphasizes preventing crimes, she writes.
“Officers at the (LPD) work in a proactive manner, with the safety and security of the community at the forefront of our decisions,” Smith writes. “We also see the importance of a Crime Prevention Officer and the many ways that officer — through his interactions with the public and the services he provides — improves the safety and security of the community.”
The department tries to hire ethical individuals who see the importance of preventing crimes through their interactions with the public.
“Our department — through our hiring process — strives to ensure our officers are ethical, hard-working, caring, capable individuals,” Smith writes. “We build on that by ensuring ongoing, best practice training for all our officers in basic law enforcement skills as well as new and evolving areas.”
Of the crimes frequently reported in Laramie, they are mostly committed by people under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Smith explains the percent of crimes under the influence of substances decreased in the past couple of years.
“Seventy percent of those crimes are committed by individuals under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” Smith writes. “That is actually a drop from the last reporting year (2015) which showed that number at 80 percent.”
The National Council of Home Safety and Security identifies the safest cities by reviewing FBI crime report statistics and their own population data, and removing cities from the data that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI. The report only ranks cities that have a population of more than 5,000 people, which there are 17 places in the state that have that many people, Home Safety and Security Council information states.