Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $100,077)
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 Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement (LCLE) and the Louisiana Supreme Court (LSC) propose to improve the timeliness, accuracy and completeness of data contained in the Statewide Protection Order Program (SPOP) Registry for use by LouisianaÂ’s criminal justice community and the NICS program. LCLE, in cooperation with the SPOP Registry, recognizes the need to share relevant information from qualifying orders to enhance protection across state lines, provide courts with comprehensive background information, and inform gun purchase decisions nationwide. In 2015, 85% of the orders entered into the Registry qualified for, and were transmitted to, the NCIC Protection Order File. To be eligible for inclusion in the National Protection Order File, court orders must include proper qualifying information. Properly training users, updating forms/software and hiring legal consultants will continue to ensure information is being disseminated accurately and made available to the NCIC Protection Order File, NICS and to state law enforcement agencies. LCLE is also requesting funding to continue to provide for the coordination and administrative support of the entire NCHIP program in Louisiana. (CA/NCF)