Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $638,680)
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 2016 NCHIP priority areas, the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center (HCJDC) will conduct a series of six projects to illustrate its commitment to electronic end-to-end processing for timely reporting to the national files of III, NCIC, NICS, and NGI.
Activities will include using grant funds to: 1) continue with a system upgrade of the statewide Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) under a lease-to-purchase agreement with the stateÂ’s vendor to relieve the financial burden of procuring a new system in whole; 2) replace five livescan systems at Maui Police Department and SheriffÂ’s Division sites; 3) conduct follow-up livescan training in Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii Counties on how to capture better quality fingerprints and address rejection rates, as well as error issues; and, 4) continue the work of a validation clerk to perform oversight and maintenance for entry of Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and Protection Order (PO) information to the NCIC PO file, and perform audit and validation tasks. The validation tasks will be focused on HI TRO/PO information reported to the NCIC PO file.
Funds will also be used to conduct fingerprint research to obtain FBI numbers for records that do not currently have one. The Criminal ID Section will check the electronic fingerprint archive for an existing fingerprint card. If no fingerprint card exists in the archive, HCJDC staff will manually pull the fingerprint card from the master file housed at the HCJDC and at the Honolulu Police Department. In addition, funds will be used to create an information exchange between the courts and county agencies within Hawaii. These information exchanges will be implemented through the Hawaii Justice Information System Program. (CA/NCF)