Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $1,752,600)
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 non-criminal 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 Oklahoma County and several local law enforcement agencies to aid in the state's efforts to improve criminal history records. Oklahoma County is the only county in the state not submitting automated criminal dispositions to the Oklahoma Criminal Justice System. Oklahoma County is requesting funds to replace their aging records management system with one that is NIEM-compliant and shares information with the state criminal record repository and incident-based reporting system as well as other state and national databases. Additionally, the Sheriffs Offices in Atoka, Cotton, Harper, Love, Pittsburg, and Pushmataha 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.
The DAC is also requesting funds to improve the interagency interoperability of its case management system through electronic interface. Fees will cover hardware and licensing costs to support the states district attorneys in their efforts to improve public safety.