Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $350,000)
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 Maine State Police will use funds to purchase a livescan unit, printer, and a portable livescan device to be used by local law enforcement agencies. These machines will be used in counties that contribute large amounts of criminal history information to the state's criminal history repository. Funds will also be used for the services of several Identification Specialists to retrieve paper fingerprint cards and related criminal history documents and electronically submit the information into the state's criminal history repository.