Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $1,700,000)
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 priority areas, the NYS, Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), will administer and manage one project for purchasing Livescans and Livescan equipment.
Livescan Purchase: DCJS will purchase new Livescans and upgraded equipment for local agencies. Many of the law enforcement agency (LEA) locations have aging Livescans that need to be replaced. In addition, the software that runs on the equipment is obsolete and needs to be upgraded. As part of the Livescan project, DCJS will accept requests submitted by each law enforcement agency throughout the state that has determined it needs new Livescan equipment and review the submission for approval. Determining the eligibility to receive a new Livescan or upgrade in equipment includes: 1) justification on the basis of geographic, population, traffic, or related factors; and 2) the jurisdiction has established an AFIS and either has implemented or is implementing procedures to ensure that the AFIS is compatible with FBI NGI standards. Tasks for the project include: determine the criteria for LEA eligibility; receive requests for Livescan equipment; approve request; LEA submits receipt to DCJS; ensuring LEA can maintain costs associate with the Livescan equipment after the 12-month period; DCJS reimburses LEA; and documentation of invoice and receipt of purchase. (CA/NCF)