Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $1,549,730)
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 Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) will work with the Office of State Courts Administrator (OSCA), the Missouri Police Chief's and Missouri Sheriff's Associations, as well as the Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC) to implement improved criminal history record capture procedures in Missouri courts and law enforcement agencies. Funds will be used to upgrade the state AFIS with palm print capture capability and a photo repository. The last AFIS upgrade occurred in 2006, but the system was damaged during a flood in 2010. Although the system was restored, it was recovered onto the original water damaged hardware. The complete cost of the system is $3 million; however, MSHP is only requesting assistance with funding "core" backend pieces, hardware components, and data migration pieces. In addition, funding will be used to purchase and install livescan booking workstations, related-capture devices to accompany the workstations, and cabinet storage for ten local agencies that the Missouri Sheriff's Association and Police Chief's Association has identified as needing new livescan devices. These sites were selected based on their high arrest fingerprint volumes, the age of their current unit, and their ability to maintain the device after installation. Lastly, the Missouri DOC requests funding to install MOCIS, DOC's offender management system, with the new Missouri charge code. A cross-reference table will be built into MOCIS to show how the old format charge codes were converted to the new format. (CA/NCF)