Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $191,737)
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 noncriminal 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 Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice will continue to examine Utah's Suspense File for systemic errors, and train law enforcement and court personnel on identifying errors and properly reporting disposition information to the state's criminal records repository. Funds are also being requested for the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to create a replicated shared database and real-time Web service that will be used by Department of Public Safety and AOC to match dispositions to arrest records. This shared database concept results in complete and accurate criminal history information and provides instant information to law enforcement.