Agency Type: Police Department
Population Size, based on the most recent U.S. Census Bureau: 6,438
Agency Size: 22 total - 19 sworn; 3 non-sworn
Initiative Partnership(s): Probation and Parole Office; Department of Family Services; Converse County School District; and Wyoming Department of Corrections
Grant Focus Area(s): Narcotics Trafficking; Technology; Evidence Collection; Personnel
The Douglas, Wyoming, Police Department (DPD) serves over 6,400 individuals. In 2021, the Douglas community faced a 40% increase in narcotics-related crime. These cases involved fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamines, and opiates. The manufacturing, trafficking, and use of narcotics have presented challenges to the DPD and the community. The DPD seeks to advance its evidence collection capabilities to address these challenges and increase officer safety and prosecution rates for narcotic-related offenses.
The DPD plans to improve its narcotics investigations by increasing overtime for officers. It seeks to add forensic evidence extraction software and narcotics analysis technology to safely analyze unknown substances and reduce dangerous exposure to officers and the Douglas community. These tools will aid efforts to enhance the quality of information sent to neighboring police agencies and courts to increase prosecutions for narcotics-related cases and other violent crime offenses. The DPD hopes to discourage future narcotic crimes in the community by improving the media around drug-related arrests and prosecutions.