Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $329,208)
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 following agencies in Colorado will carry out five NCHIP funded projects: Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI); Colorado Integrated Criminal Justice Information System (CICJIS); Colorado District Attorney's Council (CDAC); and the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ).
The first project supports the administration of the overall NCHIP program. Funds will cover management and program support personnel, who will perform coordination and monitoring activities, including programmatic and fiscal oversight.
CBI will continue two projects funded in previous years with 2015 NCHIP funds. The first is to continue the progress in increasing the disposition matching rate on criminal history records, correct and update incomplete criminal history records in the CCIC/NCIC databases that are missing arrest data, and update and post sex offender data on the web-based registry into NCIC. CBI will retain one full-time employee (FTE) to perform these duties. The second CBI project will continue its progress in increasing the disposition matching rate on criminal history records, and correct and update incomplete criminal history records in the CCIC/NCIC databases for misdemeanor and felony records. CBI will retain one FTE for this project.
CDAC will re-write CDAC's Action Viewer website with enhanced security and roles in order to allow CBI and LEAs to access it for criminal histories and firearm background checks. Currently, the Action Viewer provides access to the prosecutor's criminal database in Colorado which was created eight years ago strictly for prosecutor use. In addition to rewriting the Action Viewer website, CDAC will ensure the data behind the website is complete and accurate through data analysis. The goal is to design, build, test and deploy an updated and enhanced Action Viewer.
CICJIS will receive e-Citation data from the Colorado State Patrol to improve timely criminal justice information exchange, which then can be used for other jurisdictions throughout the state. In order to continue to facilitate information sharing among the agencies CICJIS serves, to meet new requirements in a more timely fashion and to meet the demands for increased load, performance, and scope CICJIS must continue to improve the technology environment. CICJIS will purchase all necessary hardware and software and will perform the work to create a technology environment ready to accept e-Citation information from the Colorado State Patrol. Bringing the e-Citation data into CICJIS will allow citation information to be immediately available to the court system and will reduce errors and ultimately benefit all CICJIS agencies in their goal to increase accurate data sharing.