Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $169,728)
The Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center’s (HCJDC) will use funds to continue its coordinated effort to identify and close the gaps in the reporting of data to the NICS. The Hawaii Firearms Working Group (NICS Task Force) is comprised of representatives from the State and County criminal justice and local law enforcement agencies, including but not limited to, Hawaii County, Maui County (Maui, Molokai, and Lanai), Honolulu County, and Kauai County, the State Department of the Attorney General, the Judiciary, and the State Department of Health. Task force members recognize the need for reporting to the NICS and have begun improvements to streamline firearms records accessibility and data sharing. Police Departments (PD) are looking to address paper files and converting to electronic formats. This will improve search capabilities and prepares records for electronic data sharing. The PDs also see the need for case reviews to determine the outcome of a firearm. Case reviews help to identify individuals that have prohibitors such as mental health, domestic abuse, and crimes of violence. Case dispositions are shared with the national systems, and firearms can be returned or destroyed.