Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $2,445,328)
The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) will use 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. Multiple agencies have proposed using technology to provide much-needed solutions for information sharing, criminal history reporting, and the reduction of records/disposition backlogs. The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Coconino County Attorney’s Office, Lake Havasu City Justice Court, Lake Havasu City Municipal Court, and Pinal County Sheriff’s Office request to use NCHIP funds to positions to work on disposition backlogs. DPS requests funds to purchase a livescan to automate the fingerprinting process, and Buckeye Police Department requests funds to purchase a Rapid DNA machine to process DNA tests for the west valley. Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and Pinal County Sheriff’s Office request funds to digitize their criminal history records to preserve and easily retrieve, continue with the collection of data, and maintain operational effectiveness.