Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $200,000)
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 Oklahoma District Attorneys Council will transfer funds to the Garvin County Sheriff's Office, Caddo County Sheriff's Office, and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) to aid in the state's efforts to improve criminal history records. The Garvin and Caddo County Sheriff's Offices are requesting funds to purchase a livescan device in order to reduce the number of rejected fingerprint submissions being submitted to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI). Data will be transmitted electronically to OSBI, then forwarded to the FBI for inclusion in the national system. DPS plans to acquire a fully redundant backup message switch system for the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (OLETS) which is used to enter and send requests for criminal history information from other criminal justice agencies. If OLETS becomes damaged, all of the state's criminal history information will remain protected in the backup message switch system.