Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $847,504)
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 Nevada Department of Public Safety will use funds to support the correlation of FBI records and the implementation of a county court house livescans project.
Under the livescan pilot project, the Records Bureau successfully replaced all of the state owned livescan equipment with livescans that were purchased under the 2014 and 2015 NCHIP grant awards, with the exception of four livescans. Since that time, one of the jails closed, and two others pooled their funding resources together to purchase their own livescans. Funds will be used to purchase and install a livescan system in the one remaining booking facility. Additionally, in a continuing effort to obtain complete and accurate criminal history for the state, the Records Bureau is looking to begin placing livescans into the courts around the state. This will assist in the Records Bureau receiving fingerprints for criminal summons, indictments and misdemeanor citations issued in lieu of an arrest.
Under the correlation of FBI record project, the Records Bureau is assisting the state in proceeding toward becoming a National Fingerprint File (NFF) participating state. As of March 15, 2017 the FBI has approximately 2,237,365 Nevada arrest cycles on file, of those, 527,478 have pseudo pointers and 1,709,887 have state pointers. The Records Bureau recently received a disposition dashboard from the FBI which indicated that the Nevada supported arrests with dispositions is only 33%. Currently, staff is limited due to the daily workloads and it is felt that the correlation, due to record error complexity, should only be handled by seasoned permanent staff rather than hiring temporary staff to address. The Records Bureau believes that once this transition is complete, the state will be able to achieve its goal of being an NFF participant.