Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,722,774)
The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (AZCJC) will use FY22 NCHIP funds to address problems dealing with criminal history updates and automation of records, records backlog, disposition backlog, criminal history record capture procedures, and sharing of criminal history information. Through partnerships with Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Apache Junction Police Department, Tempe Police Department, Coconino County Attorney’s Office, Pinal County Attorney’s Office, and St Johns Police Department, AZCJC will have a total of seven projects that meet the following priority areas of the NCHIP award program: updating and automating case outcomes from courts and prosecutors in state or tribal records and the FBI’s Criminal History File, and improving access to information concerning persons prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm for mental health reason and transmitting relevant records to the NICS. Multiple agencies' project will be using technology to provide much needed solutions for information sharing, criminal history reporting, and the reduction of records/disposition backlogs. The Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Tempe Police Department, Coconino County Attorney’s Office, and Pinal County Attorney’s Office will use NCHIP funds to support positions to work on disposition backlogs. Arizona Department of Public Safety and Apache Junction Police Department will use NCHIP funds to purchase Livescans to automate the fingerprinting process. St Johns Police Department will use funds to update their records management software and provide training to preserve records, continue with the collection of data, and maintain operational effectiveness.