The 80th Annual Sheridan WYO Rodeo is in the books, and it proved to be one of the biggest and best ever. As we reported last Thursday, law enforcement agencies stepped up their presence with all members of the Sheridan Police Department on duty.
In speaking with Sheridan Police Detective Sgt. Tom Henry, he says that overall, the weekend was relatively calm. Arrests, those Cited and Released and Minors in Possession numbers were all up from 2009, but not by much – arrests in 2009 were 17; this year there were 28; cited and released numbered 24 this year; in '09 there were 16; and there were 14 MIP's in '09 compared to 22 this year. Of the MIP's, all but three were cited and released.
The other three MIP's were under the age of 18, and were transported to a juvenile holding facility and later released to family members.
Even though alcohol-related arrests increased, people did take advantage of the Free Ride Home program this year. Total deliveries for Friday and Saturday nights numbered 54, with 186 passengers safely returned home.
As for assistance from elsewhere, Henry says.
Henry indicated, however, that the department did use City police funds to hire the law enforcement services of off-duty Sheridan County Sheriff's deputies, which helped in monitoring the enormous crowds.