Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $306,900)
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 Ohio Attorney General's Office (AGO) will use funds to increase the completeness and enhance the quality of criminal history record information available to Ohio's law enforcement at the state and local level and to the FBI at the national level through purchase and installation of livescan fingerprint units to 11 law enforcement agencies across the state. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation within the AGO will fund the purchase of livescan systems for law enforcement entities by analyzing data relevant to three critical indicators: 1) population served; 2) age of the current livescan device; and 3) volume of current livescan submissions. Special consideration will be given to law enforcement agencies that have a large population and a livescan device that is no longer in service.
The primary outcome of this project effort is to increase the number of agencies submitting data under the most recent version of the BCI Livescan Submission Specification. Currently, there are no agencies submitting data under Version 9.0, the newest version of the specification. As a result, agencies cannot take advantage of new features in the Ohio AFIS. The enhanced functionality of AFIS now allows the submission of palm prints, mug shots, and local misdemeanor offenses.