Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $2,126,368)
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 Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) will continue to improve the quality, completeness, and accessibility of criminal history data at the state and national levels. Funds are being requested to: 1) automate the process of making domestic violence dispositions available to the national systems; 2) enhance the accuracy of submitting involuntary commitment records; 3) use contractual services to identify the gaps in record reporting and discuss ways for improving the process; 4) integrate the case management systems of law enforcement agencies and district attorney offices with the states Warrant Management System; and 5) create a system that will allow officers to view current Protection from Abuse orders on the scene. Additionally, funds will be used to upgrade Alabamas decade old AFIS system with next generation identification capability for processing better fingerprint data and providing for a faster verification and validation process. The existing livescan workstations do not have the capability to submit next generation identification to ALEA once the AFIS upgrade is complete. ALEA is requesting funds to purchase and integrate 10 next generation livescan workstations to the AFIS.