Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $666,616)
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 this award, the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety is seeking funds to purchase livescan machines and printers for the New Jersey State Police (NJSP). NJSPs current livescan devices were purchased in 2014 or earlier and run on an obsolete operating system. The machines have limited capacity and are slow to process captured data. Funds are being requested to procure 28 livescan machines with integrated mug photo capture and palm printing capabilities and 28 FBI-certified duplex printers for state police facilities, which provide police coverage and services to multiple local municipalities. These livescans will be a key component to building accurate state and federal criminal history repositories.