Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,990,127)
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) requests funds to continue specific positions funded under previous NCHIP awards, continue a contract with a vendor to scan fingerprint cards into the AFIS to maintain an accurate criminal history repository, and augment the agency’s ongoing technology projects and advancements. The efforts outlined will continue to improve disposition reporting, overall accuracy, quality, timeliness, and immediate accessibility of South Carolina’s criminal history and related records. South Carolina already makes available all dispositions within the state’s criminal history system (unless the record is sealed). However, 33% of records available to national systems are missing dispositions. To address this, a large portion of this proposal is to increase the number of dispositions available to the state’s criminal history system thereby making them available nationally as well. SLED will also use NCHIP funded personnel to convert paper fingerprint cards to electronically available information. In doing so, information that is not currently available to III and NICS will be made available through the automation of records. SLED will also use NCHIP funded personnel to educate law enforcement agencies and courts on the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Protection Order File and Wanted Persons File. Additionally, funds will be used to implement the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact. Funding for information technology staff and contractors will also be provided to ensure access to critical systems.