Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $143,621)
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 Wyoming Office of the Attorney General, Division of Criminal Investigation is seeking funding to convert approximately 4 million manual and other non-automated records to electronic records for secure digital storage, easier accessibility and transmission while conforming to the FBI's standards and adhering to the highest standards of practice with respect to privacy and confidentiality. This project aims to improve the Division's criminal history record capturing procedures, as well as reduce the backlog of missing court disposition information. Funds are also being requested to purchase three high speed Epson batch fingerprint card scanners with the accompanying AWARE software and training to meet the FBI requirements for scanning capability and paperless submissions.