Region C Vice Chair Spotlight- Chris Behre

March 3, 2022

Welcome to the tenth edition of the Nlets Representative Spotlight, where we highlight the incredible work that Nlets Representatives are doing.  

Today, meet Chris Behre, Information Systems Manager at the West Virginia State Police, Nlets Representative, and the Nlets Region C Vice Chair. Mr. Behre has been an Nlets Representative for two years but has been a part of the Nlets family since 2017 as both an attendee of our Annual Business Meetings and Implementers Conference.  

In his role, he is responsible for overseeing the IT section of the Information Services section and serving as an administrator of their Computerized Criminal History (CCH) and Biometric Systems. His background is in software development which he feels is a great foundation for working with Nlets, as it allows for a better understanding of the system as a whole. Behre’s day-to-day work can range from assisting with networking, software development, to logistics. He says, “It is dynamic and fun, and no day is truly the same.” 

Q. How Would You Describe Your Role as an Nlets Representative to Someone Who Did Not Know What It Involves?  

A. I start by explaining what Nlets is with the example of a typical situation of an officer on the side of the road submitting a query for a license plate and mention how fast the response comes back to the officer. Then I go on to explain how it happens, the systems that handle the message, and the role of the network involved. Finally, I cover the uniqueness of the company in that it is managed by the members. I close with an explanation of how I represent West Virginia’s interests as well as the greater good of the Nlets community as a whole. 

Q. What Was a Particularly Impactful Experience You Have Had Working with Nlets?  

A. Nlets has a service for parsing text responses (separating text into XML fields) from states that have not yet transitioned to XML. Nlets was able to supply their code to us to assist in the development of our ability to return fully tagged NIEM XML from our DMV repository. This was a great help to our development efforts as it was a huge jumpstart to our efforts. We just went live with our driver and driver history responses in fully tagged NIEM XML a couple weeks ago, and now the users in WV using our newly developed interface will have better stability compared to the previous mainframe-based interface. The big benefit for the Nlets community is that those responses from WV will be fully tagged and can be ingested by their systems with far greater ease and reliably than attempting to pull fields out of a text response.  

Q. What Was One Case Study Where Nlets Was Used in Your Agency/State? 

WV State Police troopers conducted a traffic stop due to a car going the wrong way up an exit ramp onto an interstate. Upon stopping the vehicle, they conducted a Vehicle Registration Query (RQ) via Nlets as the vehicle license plate was from out of state.  The trooper then approached the vehicle and identified the driver via a Driver’s License Query (DQ) via Nlets as the driver was also from out of state. The Driver’s License Response (DR) included an image which confirmed the identity of the driver.  

The driver was asked to exit the vehicle for suspected driving under the influence and subsequently failed a sobriety screening. Upon securing the subject, the trooper located a controlled substance in the subject’s possession. The trooper then conducted a search of the vehicle and located additional controlled substances. The trooper further used Nlets to verify the identities of the three other occupants of the vehicle, one of whom was found to also be in possession of controlled substances.  

A Triple I (QH) was conducted via NCIC on two of the individuals, and one of them was found to have a criminal history. That criminal history was returned to the trooper via Nlets as the subject’s record was from a state that participates in the National Fingerprint File (NFF) and the FBI’s pointer record then forwards a query to the state (via Nlets) and subsequent criminal history response is sent to the trooper from the state through Nlets (CR). The subject was found to be on probation in their state of residence.  

Q. What is One Word You Would Use to Describe Nlets and Why?  

Community. 

The great thing about Nlets is the community of individuals from other states and agencies. Nlets not only ties all the states and federal agency members together at a network level, but the community created of those members is so important in furthering information sharing initiatives and learning from peers to solve similar situations within your own state or agency.