Public Safety and Corrections
Attorney General’s Office Overview
The Attorney General’s Office is the legal advisor for the State of Wyoming. In addition to providing a full range of legal services to elected officials, agencies, and State employees in the conduct of official State business, the Attorney General’s Office is Wyoming’s primary State law enforcement agency. The Office provides a full spectrum of law enforcement services ranging from initial and advanced law enforcement training provided by the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy to statewide criminal investigations performed by the Division of Criminal Investigations, to providing crime victim advocacy and victim support programs and payments through the Division of Victim Services. The Attorney General’s Office also provides administrative support and oversight to the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission and the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Agency Background and Structure
The Attorney General's Office was created by territorial legislation in 1886. In 1899, the Legislature enacted statutes governing the Office. At that time, the Attorney General's duties were to prosecute and defend all suits instituted by or against the State, represent the State in all criminal cases on appeal, defend suits brought against State officials, and to be the legal advisor for all elected and appointed State officials. Since that time, the Attorney General's Office has evolved into the largest law office in the State and a multi-faceted law enforcement agency funded through a combination of general funds, federal funds, and other funds.
The five primary programs and functions of the Office are:
The Law Office which performs the legal work of the agency, and provides legal representation for the State government agencies
The Division of Criminal Investigation which assists law enforcement throughout the State with investigation of offenses, forensic analysis of evidence, and criminal identification
The Law Enforcement Academy which provides extensive training for every law enforcement officer in the State, including advanced training, and training in specific areas of law enforcement
The Division of Victim Services which provides direct compensation, referral services, and assistance to victims of crime
The Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities which promotes self-sufficiency, educational opportunities, and community involvement for people with disabilities.