Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $248,819)
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 Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, the state's NCHIP administering agency, will subaward NCHIP funds to support tasks associated with four projects: 1) the Arizona State Repository will use funds to automate approximately 4,350 unautomated criminal history records to improve the accuracy of records available for NICS background checks, prosecution, probation, and sentencing requests, employment and security license requests, and other criminal justice and non-criminal justice inquiries; 2) the Coconino County Sheriff's Office will use funds to continue efforts to automate disposition reporting by installing a data exchange/interface from the ImageWare systems in the Flagstaff and Page facilities to the Records Management System, which will eliminate the need for a paper disposition and allow for disposition reporting to the state repository and national systems; 3) the Flagstaff Justice Court will use funds to review and update a backlog of roughly 10,700 cases lacking completed disposition reports and send the complete records to the state repository and national systems; and 4) Navajo County will use funds to purchase a digital fingerprint system and related equipment that will replace the current manual ink-and-roll process and enable the sharing of mugshot images. This process will digitally capture the fingerprint image, create the disposition sheet, and forward the arrest information and prisoner's picture to the state repository and national systems.