The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) presented the Washington State Patrol with two awards for developing an online program to improve the tracking of sexual assault kits, and for its work to expedite the forensic mapping of collision and crime scenes using drones.

Representatives from the State Patrol accepted the State IT Recognition Awards at the NASCIO conference in Nashville on Oct. 15. Washington was the only state to receive two NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards out of 10 categories, and from more than 130 submissions overall.

The State Patrol was recognized in the Emerging & Innovative Technologies category for an initiative that allows sexual assault victims to track their Sexual Assault Kit through the criminal justice process. The new system gives survivors the ability to anonymously access and track the location and status of their Sexual Assault Kit online. It provides start-to-finish inventory tracking to deliver accountability, transparency, and information sharing among all stakeholders.

The state patrol also won the State CIO Office Special Recognition for its use of drones to expedite the forensic mapping of collision and crime scenes across Washington. The Unmanned Aerial System program currently has more than 90 trained pilots and a fleet of 110 platforms statewide. The program has resulted in a 75 percent reduction in road closure time associated with collision reconstruction and has improved the quality of forensic mapping capabilities.

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