Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $390,000)
The American Samoa Department of Public Safety (DPS) currently has no automated system in place for the collection, maintaining, sharing, and reporting of criminal records. The original connection between the Territory of American Samoa and the State of Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center (HCJDC) was terminated more than fourteen (14) years ago. Since then, the DPS no longer has the capability to store and transmit criminal information with the State of Hawaii through the AFIS terminal, NCIC and FBI. The territory will use funds to develop and implement a new Records Management System (RMS). The RMS will be designed in collaboration with law enforcement users and the project working group. The system will document all department activity from the time of the initial phone call or contact to final disposition and custody of the offenders. The system will track all activities from incident and crash reports, citations, arrests, warrants, case management, field contacts and provide access to external data sources such as motor vehicles, driver, and criminal history files.