Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $222,543)
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 South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the state's NCHIP administering agency, will use funds to support staff efforts to ensure the timely entry of criminal history record information and conduct AFIS auditing and training activities. Specifically, SLED will use funds to continue to support the following temporary personnel positions: one position assigned to the Criminal Records Department to process expungements; two positions assigned to the Computerized Criminal History Department to review and update missing dispositions and monitor data quality; and two positions assigned to the AFIS Department to scan, process, and automate fingerprint cards. Funds will also support two auditor positions to work with state and local agencies to conduct NCIC auditing of protection order submissions, administer staff training to ensure compliance with NCIC requirements, and ensure that palm prints, mugshots, and fingerprints are being correctly captured by AFIS staff to improve the quality of records available in the state and national systems. CA/NCF