Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $204,085)
The goal of the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) is to improve the Nation's safety and security by enhancing the quality, completeness, and accessibility of criminal history record information and by insuring the nationwide implementation of criminal justice and non-criminal justice background check systems. BJS provides direct financial and technical assistance to the States to improve criminal history and other related records and to build their infrastructure to connect to national record check systems both to supply information and to conduct the requisite checks.
Under this award, the Nebraska State Patrol will use NCHIP funds to automate access to information concerning persons prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm by developing an integrated system that would automatically flag certain records in the criminal history database based on a new concealed weapons permit law. Basically, the law requires the permit holder to maintain NICS eligibility. The flag would alert Nebraska Criminal Identification Division (CID) record technicians that the permit holder has been arrested so that the criminal justice process can be monitored for possible permit revocation or suspension action. Funds will also be used to modify the State's sex offender registry to allow for data to be shared electronically with Nebraska Criminal Justice Information System. Additionally, funds will be used to enhance information sharing from the Nebraska Probation System to help track offenders and share records with law enforcement agencies.