Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $457,040)
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 proposal, the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (KJPSC) will provide funds to the Kentucky State Police (KSP) to implement functionality to submit disposition information to the FBI via the Interstate Identification Index (III) Message Key (MKE). KSP currently submits disposition information to the FBI via a Machine Readable Data (MRD) process. Using MKE will be a more efficient process than MRD as it doesnt require human intervention, will eliminate lag time between systems, and allow for immediate transfer of disposition information. Additionally, the KSP will use funding to digitally convert approximately 1.9 million hard copy fingerprint cards to an electronic file. Once converted, digitized records will be housed in KSPs records management system, the Kentucky Open Portal Solutions (KyOPS). Lastly, funds are being requested to purchase ten MorphoTrak Ruggedized LiveScan stations with palm print capture capabilities to replace outdated and unsupported machines in areas with high fingerprint submission rates. These projects will increase the input of arrest data to the state's computerized criminal history record system resulting in the reporting of complete and accurate data, establish more quality controls in capturing arrest data, and improve the identification of firearms disqualifiers in criminal history records research.