Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $197,512)
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 Oklahoma District Attorneys Council will transfer funds to the Atoka County Sheriff's Office and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) to aid the state's efforts to improve criminal history records. Atoka County Sheriff's Office is requesting funds to purchase a livescan device in order to reduce the number of rejected fingerprint submissions being submitted to OSBI. Data will be transmitted electronically to OSBI, then forwarded to the FBI for inclusion in the national system. OSBI intends to hire four (4) full-time employees for the Crime Data Collection and Analysis unit at OSBI to collect and enter missing disposition data for fingerprint-based arrests made by law enforcement in Oklahoma County. The project will focus on Oklahoma County District Court records electronically made available through the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network (OSCN) website and will be initiated with arrest events occurring on or after January 1, 1991. The project's progress will be reviewed monthly by the Crime Data Collection and Analysis Unit Supervisor and statistics recorded monthly to meet the grant's reporting requirements. (CA/NCF)