Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $406,600)
The Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC) will use funds to improve criminal history data systems and exchanges. The project seeks to improve Montana’s criminal record information for availability to national investigative service providers (ISPs). Montana’s request will build upon and leverage the Montana Criminal History Improvement Project, funded with a NCHIP 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018 grants. This year’s projects will include a study to prepare a strategic plan to complete the end-to-end electronic data exchange plan focusing primarily on linking courts data to a criminal history warehouse. In preparation for implementation of the plan, a second Montana component will also include a project to allow Montana Department of Justice (MTDOJ) to stay current with entering dispositions into the criminal history system. The plan will focus on making certain the system has reliable and current historical data to add value to the end-to-end exchange when the switch is flipped on the new electronic connections. The third Montana project will be a collaborative project with the Montana legislative initiative to achieve the data linkages for a shared data warehouse. The Montana Board of Crime Control piece of this project will be to assure the foundational data from local law enforcement is accurate, and accessible to provide the highest quality data upstream. The NCHIP support for this project will be to assist with the funding half of the management staff person for MBCC, to allow the board to validate to the Montana legislature the need and value for fully funding this position in the next legislative session.