Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $1,366,189)
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 2020 NCHIP, the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) will administer and manage 4 projects. MSHP will use NCHIP funds to continue to support the Office of State Courts Administrator's (OSCA) enhancements of the statewide court case management system, Show-Me Courts. OSCA will use funds to hire contractors for the development of the following processes for circuit level criminal cases: 1) analysis and development for enhancements on misdemeanor and felony functionality; 2) continued dashboard development for reporting to justice partners and development of other criminal reports; 3) analysis, development and modernization of functionality that will allow for reporting of felony and misdemeanor charges to MSHP; and 4) online editing of criminal documentation for reporting to law enforcement and other justice agencies.
MSHP will also use NCHIP funds to expand the states AFIS matcher database. Currently, the Missouri AFIS is over capacity on their ten-print records, with 5.47 million ten prints in the database, and overcapacity on palm print records, with over 2.5 million palm prints in the database. The MSHP has received a quote from the state AFIS vendor, Idemia, to update and expand the AFIS matcher capacity to 10 million ten prints and 5 million palm print records.
MSHP will use NCHIP funds to upgrade Missouris cardscans, which are used to scan in ten-print and palm print cards. Currently, most of the state's Livescans are enabled to submit a valid palm print NIST packet; however, the state central repository cannot process the palm print format, even if received in the proper format on hard cards. In addition, the computers running these systems are on the end-of life Windows 7 operating system, which are no longer supportable or CJIS compliant and must also be upgraded to Windows 10.
MSHP will also use NCHIP funds to develop two key enhancements to Missouris Livescan software, which would allow for missing ORI information to be entered in the event the arresting agency turns the individual over to another agency, and requiring the original charge code to be entered into the Livescan when booking on a failure to appear charge. The Livescan software enhancements will provide more complete and accurate criminal history information in state and national record databases.