Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $311,151)
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 priority areas, the Oregon State Police (OSP) will use NCHIP funding to purchase Livescan devices, specifically, nine desktop workstations and three laptop devices along with three printers. The purpose of the Livescan purchase is to replace aging Livescan equipment at 11 agency locations statewide. In most cases the equipment being replaced uses the Windows XP operating system that is no longer supported in addition to no longer allowed to connect to the state repository due to security risk. The nine desktops and three laptop Livescan devices will be implemented at 11 identified locations that serve a total of 41 agencies statewide. Collectively, the agencies make up about 13% of the total submissions received at the repository in 2016. The goal of the 2017 NCHIP Livescan project is two-fold: 1) to support local agency obligation of fingerprint, palm print and arrest photo submissions to the state repository through assistance in obtaining equipment in order to sustain their operations; and 2) ensure Oregon repository data exchange programs with state and federal partners are continued as well as enhanced through additional criminal palm and arrest photo submissions, which in turn will benefit public safety statewide and nationally. The Oregon repository ensures all applicable records are available directly through federal reporting programs, such as III, NCIC, and the NICS Index.