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Massachusetts Initiative to Increase Electronic Fingerprint Submissions

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $1,411,298)

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 2017 NCHIP award, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (MA EOPSS) in partnership with the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) will conduct two (2) projects - Ten-Print Backlog project and the Livescan Replacement and Deployment project.

Ten-Print Backlog. The MA EOPSS will add an estimated 90,000 hard card fingerprint cards into the state Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) managed by the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) State Identification Section. The Commonwealth has set specific measurements to determine the success of this project. They believe that reviewing seventy-five (75%) of criminal fingerprint cards and a 98% successful upload of the fingerprint cards to the State AFIS system and sent to the FBI will help them better assess the quality of this program.

Livescan Replacement and Deployment. The Commonwealth has developed a livescan replacement initiative where they will be purchasing new livescans to be deployed to several law enforcement agencies, criminal justice agencies and courts throughout the Commonwealth in an effort to increase electronic ten print and palm print submissions. Currently, of the 473 livescan devices throughout the Commonwealth, thirty (30) are considered at the “end of life” and will be replaced as part of this project. The remaining fourteen (14) devices will be deployed to agencies currently without a live scan device. The MA EOPSS will contribute the required 10% match of this project.


Date Created: September 19, 2017