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NCJ Number: 78320 Find in a Library
Title: Keeping the Peace in the New Wild West
Journal: Police Magazine  Volume:4  Issue:4  Dated:(July 1981)  Pages:8-15,17
Author(s): P B Taft
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 7
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Law enforcement problems in Rocky Mountains energy 'boom towns' are described, and particular attention is given to Evanston, Wyo.
Abstract: Since the early 1970's, the Rocky Mountains States have been invaded by energy companies digging and drilling in a region anticipated to hold some 50 percent of the Nation's recoverable coal and 91 percent of its uranium. Further, the States are part of the Overthrust Belt, a geologic formation that some energy experts believe may eventually produce more oil and natural gas than Alaska's North Slope. Thousands seeking well-paying jobs have expanded energy town populations beyond the capacity of housing and public services to cope with their needs. Many coming into the towns have criminal records, and the pressures of long hours at work, poor public facilities, and limited recreation opportunities have produced sizeable mental health and alcoholism problems. The frequency and seriousness of crime has soared. In addition, the police in Evanston, a typical 'boom town,' complain about lack of equipment, staff, and facilities. Although new personnel and equipment are added each year, the demand for police response continues to exceed the department's capability. Because of this, most police work is reactive, with little time for preventive measures and little time to train personnel in new techniques or plan for the future.
Index Term(s): Boom towns; Federal tax law enforcement; Police management; Police personnel; Wyoming
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