Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $411,285)
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, funds will be transferred from the California Department of Justice to the courts to continue the rollout of California Courts Protective Order Registry (CCPOR) to 10 additional counties. The CCPOR is a statewide centralized system for storing data and images of restraining and protective orders. The project has three primary goals: 1) improving public safety and the safety of law enforcement by enabling access to complete information on protective orders; 2) automating the exchange of information between the courts and the Domestic Violence Restraining Order System; and 3) deployment to additional counties across the state.
The CCPOR makes information on temporary and permanent orders available to court staff anywhere in the state, thereby allowing judicial officers to view and reduce conflicting orders across departments and court jurisdictions. The CCPOR is also a gateway for submitting full, detailed order information to the CA DOJ California Restraining and Protective Order System (CARPOS) - a statewide database of persons subject to a restraining order. CCPOR automatically submits updates to CARPOS through the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS), eliminating the need to manually enter data into both CCPOR and CARPOS. Entry of protective orders into this system is vital to public safety because law enforcement uses CLETS to enforce protection orders. Court staff are also able to verify that all orders are being processed and that complete order information is then being captured in state law enforcement (and thus NCIC) databases.