Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $113,325)
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.
The administering NCHIP agency, the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), located within the South Dakota Office of the Attorney General, will use NCHIP funds to continue projects from previous NCHIP awards to:
1) Support staff efforts to reduce repository work backlogs caused by a significant increase in the number of requested non-criminal background checks resulting from new legislative mandates regarding school district employees;
2) Support staff efforts to maintain timely, accurate, and complete criminal history records at the South Dakota criminal repository; and
3) Support staff efforts to automate criminal records to include court dispositions so this information will be immediately accessible. Additionally, funds will be used to cover travel expenses for the Attorney General, court, and DCI personnel to participate in national conferences, meetings, and training sessions related to criminal history records improvement topics.