Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $82,121)
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.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) will use NCHIP funds to support staff efforts to assist in the research, retrieval, and entry of data into Florida's criminal history repository and Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). This project will continue FDLE's efforts to improve the dissemination of complete, accurate, and timely criminal history records. Specifically, FDLE will use funds to hire staff to research missing felony and misdemeanor domestic violence arrest records, contact arrest and booking agencies to obtain fingerprint cards, enter the arrest records into the state repository, support fingerprint analysts by researching microfilm fingerprint records, scan and enter fingerprint records not currently available in the state's AFIS, research missing felony and misdemeanor domestic violence dispositions, manually enter court dispositions into the criminal history file, enter data supporting requests for the sealing or expunging of criminal history records, and scan source documents for permanent storage and retrieval.