Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $500,000)
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 area 1a, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (WIDOJ) will use NCHIP funds for a Livescan purchase project.
The WIDOJ will use funds to purchase and deploy 20 Livescans to local law enforcement agencies. The Livescans will replace ink and roll fingerprint capture or outdated devices at the designated locations. The purchase and implementation of the Livescans will be prioritized to local jurisdictions based on population, number of submissions, and geographic factors. Another factor used in the decision process is the results of the 2018 criminal history data quality study. The result of the 20 Livescans will ensure criminal history records are complete, accessible and more readily available to the state and national record systems, including the NICS Indices.