Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $401,028)
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 Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (KJPSC) will provide funds to the Kentucky State Police (KSP) to build a quality control application for arrest data, increasing the accuracy, quality, and volume of arrest data in Kentucky's Computerized Criminal History (CCH) System. Additionally, the KSP will use funding to pay for employees to work overtime hours to update dispositions in the CCH, set III (Interstate Identification Index) status, and put applicable records in the NICS Index. Finally, modifications will be made to KSP's existing Identification for Firearm Sales (IFFS) and E-Warrants applications to automate NICS entries based on fugitive warrant status. These projects will increase the input of arrest data to the CCH resulting in the reporting of complete and accurate data, establish more quality controls in capturing arrest data, and improve the identification of firearms disqualifiers in criminal history records research. (CA/NCF)