Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,787,426)
The Michigan State Police (MSP), in partnership with Michigan courts and prosecutors, identified objectives with the greatest potential to generate improvements within the Criminal History Records (CHR) system. FY 2021 NCHIP funds will allow for the fulfillment of the initiatives outlined below, each serving a critical role in the development of comprehensive CHR data. Grant dollars will fund several positions within the MSP Criminal Justice Information Center (CJIC) and the MSP Biometrics and Identification Division (BID). The booking analyst will work to develop standards regarding the requirements for data submission at time of booking. The analyst provides training on these standards and how each booking system can be efficiently used to meet these standards and ensure data integrity. A CHR quality control auditor will ensure standards are met and conduct evaluations for agencies that contribute to the CHR system. This position is accountable for the overall accuracy of the CHR database. Two criminal history liaisons will be funded to work with the MSP’s Secured Cities partners to ensure the accuracy of the data submitted within these high producing areas. Two fingerprint technicians will reduce daily backlogs and improve the accuracy and quality of Criminal Justice Information System data. Firearms technicians will review all mental health orders, determine if a NICS Indices submission is appropriate, and ensure submission. Significant technological improvements will be made possible through grant funding. Additional improvements are planned for the Michigan prosecutor to CHR interface through the establishment of a centralized prosecutor case management system. Enhancements will transition prosecutors’ offices to a paperless environment and ensure consistency of captured data. Funding will also be used for the Automated Law Enforcement Information Access System (ALIAS) web application. This system facilitates the immediate access of records for criminal history inquiries made by both state and federal agencies. Additionally, a web service will allow for all livescan devices across the state to submit biometric data using industry standard data encryption.