Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $79,073)
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 is requesting funds for the state to become a participant in the National Fingerprint File (NFF) program. Maine is an Interstate Identification Index (III) member and has already adopted and implemented the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact which are prerequisites to any state becoming an NFF member. Once Maine becomes an NFF state it will have full responsibility and maintain control of the collection, maintenance, and dissemination of all of Maine's criminal record files. CA/NCF