Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $285,463)
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.
The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Office of the Attorney General is the central repository for criminal history record information for the state. In line with the 2016 NCHIP priority area of updating and automating case outcomes from courts and prosecutors in state records and the FBIs Criminal History File, the DCI will use NCHIP funding for one project: to purchase Livescan devices and equipment.
The DCI will use NCHIP funds to replace, upgrade, and install two Livescans, and replace a Cardscan device at a lower volume agency. There is a distinct need to refresh Livescan devices at various locations throughout the state, specifically the Department of Corrections Institutions and Sheriff Offices. Some of the locations are still using the ink-and-roll method in their arrest submission. Providing agencies with the new or upgraded Livescan devices will greatly enhance the quality of fingerprint submissions for registering fingerprints to the FBI and future searching capabilities, reduce the likelihood of illegible fingerprints, and improve the overall application processing times. Livescan devices are faster, cleaner, and more accurate than the ink-and-roll method on paper cards. (CA/NCF)