Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $159,520)
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 2018 NCHIP priority areas, the Oregon State Police (OSP) will use NCHIP funding to purchase six Livescan devices and one mobile Livescan device at the state repository for agency training and print quality improvement purposes. 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. These agencies are not among the highest in volume of submissions, however the priority for the selection process was to consider those agencies that did not have another means to replace their equipment, are willing to take on the collection and submission of palm prints and mug shot photos with their arrest fingerprint bookings, and will maintain the equipment post-award. The goal of the 2018 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 Indices.