Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $892,925)
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 Michigan State Police (MSP) will work with Michigan courts and prosecutors to improve the timeliness and accuracy of criminal history information. MSP is requesting funds for several positions within the Criminal Justice Information Center (CJIC). The criminal history records (CHR) quality control auditor will establish standards and evaluations for agencies that contribute to the CHR system. This position is accountable for the overall accuracy of the CHR database. Two fingerprint technicians will reduce daily backlogs and improve accuracy and quality of criminal justice information system information. Two firearms records technicians will work to ensure the proper reporting of persons prohibited from possessing firearms for mental health reasons to the NICS Indices. A department technician position will be funded to research and correct pseudo-pointer records and provide second shift coverage to assist fingerprint technicians with resolving problem fingerprint transactions that are queried in the states Automated Law Enforcement Information Access System. Funding is also being requested to create a database that will allow a central point of access for mapping between state statutes, incident crime reporting codes, arrest offense codes, and the National Crime information Centers (NCIC) charge codes.