Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $1,418,271)
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 application, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) will use funds to continue the development of the Patrol Criminal History (PCH) Rewrite, Update criminal history records, conduct the criminal history audit process, enhancing livescan capabilities and convert manual records to digital records.
Under Project 1, NSP will continue efforts on the PCH rewrite project which is the portal to capture all of the data, current and historical, for the Patrol. Portions of the project were funded under prior NCHIP solicitation and this request will build upon those efforts. As a result of the rapid technological advancements, deficiencies occur in the functional ability and user-friendliness of the PCH. As such, the PCH needs to be maintained and updated to ensure the most complete, accurate, and timely records are available.
Under Project 2, NSP will continue efforts to update the States criminal history records. As such, NSP has embarked on efforts to ensure that its records are complete, accurate and accessible. This project directly aligns with the main priorities of the NCHIP initiative and will ultimately provide greater functionality, use and relevance to the State and other record improvement initiatives such as the PCH rewrite. Under this project, NSP will also add the Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit project which will assist in the CCW review process.
Under Project 3, NSP will continually develop the criminal history auditor team. The need for greater compliance in the collection of fingerprints for misdemeanors and felonies is critical. To ensure the highest quality transfer, agencies must adopt uniform reporting procedures. Auditors will ensure complete and accurate reporting from criminal justice agencies throughout the state.
Under Project 4, NSP will acquire and implement four (4) additional livescan systems throughout the state. Nebraskas AFIS receives arrest information from 27 Livescans used by high-volume criminal history record contributors. NSP will also upgrade the network connections of the existing 27 livescans with the intent to standardize and eliminate potential points-of-failure, increasing speed and reducing the possibility of security breaches.
Under Project 5, NSP will convert criminal history records to digital images for import into the NSP Document Management System. All paper criminal history records, including fingerprint cards, that are received at CID will be scanned and stored in the System. A process to facilitate a records retention schedule will also be included.
NSP will be responsible for contributing a 10% match under the 2016 NCHIP grant. (CA/NCF)