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Maine NCHIP 2019

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $261,329)

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 2019 NCHIP priority areas, the Maine Department of Public Safety (MDPS), Maine State Police (MSP), State Bureau of Identification (SBI) will use NCHIP funds for two projects: 1) Data Quality Dashboard; and 2) Livescan Purchase. 1) Data Dashboard: The SBI will use NCHIP funds to hire a contractor to develop a CCH data quality dashboard. The CCH data quality dashboard will enable SBI to monitor criminal history data submissions from state and local law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and correctional agencies who regularly submit arrest and disposition reports and fingerprints to SBI for criminal history records reporting. By regularly monitoring the data quality of criminal history record data submissions, SBI will be able to identify and resolve problems that emerge in reporting in a timely manner. SBI will work closely with a contractor to provide services in developing and supporting the CCH data quality dashboard. The project plan is to create and develop an analytics database that aligns with the data quality metrics developed by the CCH Metrics Working Group, which will enable SBI to measure CCH data quality in a standardized form consistent with metrics used by other states. Through the dashboard, SBI will be able to calculate a variety of measures designed to assess the quality, timeliness, and completeness of arrest and disposition reporting. The foundation of the CCH dashboard is the creation of uniform measures to assess whether agencies are reporting timely, accurate, and complete arrest and disposition information. Repository personnel can use the dashboard to monitor reporting trends and assess current and past reporting practices of contributing agencies to detect potential anomalies which may emerge without the direct knowledge of contributing agencies or as a consequence of undetected technical difficulties in repository systems or operations. 2) Livescan Replacement: Currently, the state has many outdated and failing Livescans located across the state that need to be replaced. The SBI will use NCHIP funds to replace 10 Livescans in strategically placed locations throughout the state where rural law enforcement agencies can bring non-detention suspects to be fingerprinted. The upgrade in Livescans across the state will ensure a more efficient and effective processing of fingerprint and information on the state and federal level, including qualifying records submitted to the NICS. (CA/NCF)

Date Created: September 19, 2019