Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $900,000)
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 award, the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council (DAC) will transfer funds to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) and several local law enforcement agencies to aid in the state's efforts to improve criminal history records. In the 20-year span beginning January 1996, there were 239,069 arrest events containing one or more reportable misdemeanor offenses sent to Municipal Courts for adjudication. Of those, 106,976 (45%) lack judicial dispositions in the state repository. OSBI will use funds to assist in the collection and entry of Oklahoma County case dispositions for fingerprint-based arrest events found in the state repository of criminal history record information. Additionally, the Sheriffs Offices in Creek, Garvin, Harmon, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Okmulgee Counties are requesting funds to purchase livescan devices and software in order to electronically report fingerprint and arrest data. Data will be transmitted electronically to OSBI, then forwarded to the FBI for inclusion in the national system.