Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $259,877)
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 Indiana Criminal Justice Institute will build a new statewide protection order registry called POR-Incite, modeled after a successful project in the State of Connecticut (CT-POR). The registry is an electronic database and notification system for orders for individual protection issued or registered with state authorities. The Indiana Division of State Court's Judicial Technology Automation Committee (JTAC) and the Indiana State Police will use Connecticut's registry as a model and construct a system that integrates the courts with state and local law enforcement agencies. The proposed system will be web-based and enable authorized users to initiate a name-based search of Indiana's online statewide law enforcement communication system, 'IDACS,' to determine whether or not a person of interest was the subject of a protection order. State records will also be forwarded for inclusion in the FBI's NCIC Protection Order File.