Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $180,133)
The Wyoming Office of Attorney General (WYOAG), Divisions of Criminal Investigation (DCI) will use FY21 NCHIP funds for three projects. 1) Livescan Purchase: funds will be used to purchase five Livescan devices at various agencies throughout the state which are no longer supported due to outdated software. Providing agencies with new Livescan devices will greatly reduce downtime due to system failure. 2) WyCHRIS system upgrade: funds will be used for continued improvement in the Wyoming Criminal History Record Information System (WyCHRIS). The WyCHRIS houses Wyoming’s criminal records repository, the applicant tracking system and the concealed firearms permit program. DCI received NCHIP funding in 2019 to upgrade/enhance WyCHRIS by adding the capability to run NCIC/III transactions from within WyCHRIS. With this feature DCI records analysts can run queries using one program instead of transitioning between programs. For FY21, message switch will be developed to create the communication piece allowing traffic between WyCHRIS and the NCIC/III message switch. The project will increase productivity and improve timeliness. 3) NCIC Access and Security Awareness Training: funds will be used to enable DCI to test users and track/update user accounts for NCIC access and Security Awareness Training automatically with the message switch saving many man-hours of manual work. The project will allow Wyoming to begin using software to automate this critical process while greatly reducing the risk of human error. The FY21 NCHIP projects will increase efficiency, improve information sharing, completeness of criminal history record information, and tracking capabilities across Wyoming, as well as provide complete background information.