Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $400,000)
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 Ohio Attorney General's Office (AGO) will use funds to update and enhance the Ohio Protection Order Registry (OPOR) to improve the electronic availability of protection order data, improve the ease-of-use of the system, and enhance the quality of data sent to NCIC. The OPOR is integrated with the Ohio Department of Public Safety's Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) for a quicker entry of information into NCIC. As the user base of OPOR has continued to grow since it was rolled out as part of Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHLEG) in 2003, both system deficiencies and possible new functionalities have been identified. Correcting the deficiencies and implementing advanced features will make OPOR a more effective tool for Ohio's courts and local law enforcement across the state.
Funds will also be used to train court personnel, law enforcement, and other appropriate stakeholders on proper use and functionality of the new system.