Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $880,848)
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 the 2015 NCHIP priority areas 1 and 2, the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of State Police (DSP) will update and modernize the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) 2000 system. The current 2000 system is outdated and difficult to update and maintain due to lack of resources and personnel.
The CJIS 2000 system will be modernized with the configuration, implementation, and deployment of a state contract vendor based solution with an up-to-date, enhanced, flexible, and efficient user interface. Upgrading the system will improve the real time communication exchange of NCIC data, New Jersey Master Name Index (NJMNI) data, New Jersey Computerized Criminal History (CCH) data, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) data, III data, NICS and Nlets data which will benefit officer safety and improve availability of data in these national records systems. Replacement of the antiquated CJIS 2000 user interface is a critical step toward ensuring the continuation of vital public safety and criminal justice functions within the State of New Jersey. The DSP will be responsible for contributing a 10% match under the 2015 NCHIP grant. (CA/NCF)