Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $137,066)
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 South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation will support the State's efforts to implement, expand and upgrade Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) technology. Funds will be used to convert archived images to enable Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) implementation with the FBI. Funds will also help reduce work backlogs caused by increased non-criminal background check applications resulting from legislative mandates regarding school district exployees (which has doubled the repository's workload). Funds will also be used to automate manual records to include court dispositions that are be accessible to local, State, federal and other requesters.