Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $1,967,774)
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 NCHIP FY 2019 project, the Nebraska State Patrol will use funds for the following activities:
Continuing IT improvements include: creating an advanced ad hoc reporting system within the Patrol Criminal History (PCH) to allow authorized users access to needed reports in a timely manner and upgrading the Law Enforcement Message Switch (LEMS) technology. The Applications Developer is integral to the planning, launching, troubleshooting, and ongoing maintenance of these improvements, as well as troubleshooting system compatibility.
Criminal History Records Base and Expansion Projects will continue with three Records Technicians updating historical records. Moreover, two temporary Records Technicians will continue working towards improving the completeness and accuracy of criminal history records by assisting with the Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) teams processing of records. The Inquiries Screening project is a new project that will research pre-2000 records with missing dispositions. The NSP has identified a total of 110,466 arrest records dated prior to 2000 that do not have dispositions.
In an effort to reconcile data in the PCH system with the data in the AFIS system, two projects have been identified. The Dupcheck (Duplicate Check) Project and the AFIS-PCH Sync Project will determine inconsistencies between the two systems and require research and corrections by Fingerprint Technicians. Both of these projects will increase the accuracy in the AFIS and the PCH systems.
The purchase of 34 AFIS Livescan machines with the new service, Livescan as a Service (LaaS), will ensure the NSP is controlling future upgrading, updating, and maintenance cost for its users.
Continuation of the Quality Assurance Improvement Program (QAIP) staff allows each of Nebraskas 93 counties to be assessed every two-three years, resulting in more cohesive procedures to increase the timeliness, accuracy, and completeness of criminal history records.
Attendance of NSP management at the SEARCH and Compact Council meetings assures the agency is proactive in being informed of the latest and most up-to-date changes in criminal records systems, federal laws, and compliance regulations and standards.