In Wyoming, street gangs have gathered near the border like invading armies, says the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle. They are slowly becoming established, creeping in from larger metropolitan areas. They also can be homegrown. The gang culture seen in Cheyenne and elsewhere in the state comes primarily from Los Angeles, but also from places like northern California and Chicago. “They’re coming here to hide from those communities they’ve fled,” Cheyenne Police Chief Bob Fecht said.
Law enforcement agencies say they are taking a proactive stance, training officers and deputies how to recognize gang members and activity. Fecht questioned how many “hardcore” gang members are in Cheyenne, but said the department is pouring more resources into its gang unit. There are 18 documented gang sets in Cheyenne. Police have found 61 instances of gang-related graffiti in Cheyenne in 2008.