State Criminal Justice Profile

Wyoming

BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $700 thousand* in state and local funds to Wyoming.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $566,603
Justice Assistance Grant Program—2 Local Awards $92,711
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $93,839

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Wyoming Office of the Attorney General 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Task Forces $566,603

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Rock Springs 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 On-Body Cameras and Night Vision Enhancements for Law Enforcement $41,953
Laramie County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $50,758

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Judiciary Courts of the State of Wyoming 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Wyoming FY 2014 John R. Justice Program $30,376
Wyoming Department of Corrections 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Wyoming FY 2014 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $45,765
Wyoming Office of the Attorney General 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Reallocation Application $17,698

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 63

Sworn Officers: 1,605

City     County     Tribal     State*     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 87% of the 63 law enforcement agencies in Wyoming have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 34% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.
Note: Detail may sum to more than 100% due to rounding.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, no officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 2 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 64 officers were assaulted (0.13% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Wyoming:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 1,161 1,195 2.9
Murder and Manslaughter 14 17 21.4
Forcible Rape 154 331 N/A
Robbery 61 75 23.0
Aggravated Assault 932 916 -1.7
Property Crime 13,222 12,809 -3.1
Burglary 2,125 1,955 -8.0
Larceny-Theft 10,513 10,276 -2.3
Motor Vehicle Theft 584 578 -1.0

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (31,636) increased 4.05% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests increased 15.50% (529), and property-related arrests increased 21.64% (3,052).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
General Jurisdiction:    District Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    Circuit Court; Municipal Court

Corrections

Prisoner Admissions: 1,004
Prisoner Releases: 895
Total Prisoners: 2,310

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 5
Recidivism Rate*: 32.4%
Top Offenses: Fraud/larceny/burglary, drug charge, aggravated assault (FY 2012)

Source: Wyoming Department of Corrections
*Reflects the average percentage of prison inmates, probationers, and parolees who returned to Wyoming Department of Corrections custody within 3 years of release. The average calculated represents individuals released in 2011.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN), a RISS Center, serves Wyoming. There are 91 Wyoming criminal justice agencies that are members of RMIN.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

Seal of Wyoming

Highlights

In Wyoming, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation’s (DCI) 5 regional enforcement teams, located throughout the state in Cheyenne, Casper, Evanston, Gillette, Rock Springs, Afton, Pinedale, Laramie, Powell, Sheridan, Rawlins, and Riverton. Each team is staffed by full-time agents, as well as officers and deputies assigned from local law enforcement agencies (called task force officers (TFOs)). Agents and TFOs are supported by a combination of Byrne JAG funds, general state funds, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area grant. Byrne JAG funds currently provide support for 9 TFOs (but previously provided for 12). The identification, disruption, and dismantling of drug trafficking organizations and the apprehension of violent criminal offenders are the primary goals of the DCI teams.

  • Standardization of training, equipment, policy, and procedures for law enforcement. The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation coordinates, cooperates, and communicates with local law enforcement agencies to ensure statewide enforcement efforts and facilitate the sharing, exchange, and utilization of intelligence information and investigative resources.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Wyoming Office of the Attorney General, Division of Criminal Investigation Steve Woodson, Director
http://attorneygeneral.state.wy.us/dci/

Wyoming At-A-Glance

Total Population: 582,658
Population Under 18: 137,679
Population Over 65: 78,689

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Steven Woodson, Director

Local Governments: 805
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 2
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: Christopher A. Crofts—District of Wyoming, Cheyenne Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Wyoming Office of Homeland Security Guy Cameron, Director http://wyohomelandsecurity.state.wy.us

Drug Courts: 22
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center