Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $1,598,925)
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 Michigan State Police (MSP) will work with Michigan courts and prosecutors to improve the timeliness and accuracy of criminal history information. MSP is requesting funds for several positions within the Criminal Justice Information Center (CJIC). The booking analyst will work in several capacities with both vendors and law enforcement to establish minimum standards, provide training, and implement programming changes. The criminal history records (CHR) quality control auditor will establish standards and evaluations for agencies that contribute to the CHR system. This position is accountable for the overall accuracy of the CHR database. Two criminal history record liaisons will provide long-term, intensive training and assistance to agencies in some of Michigans largest cities. The liaisons will work on-site to assist personnel at reporting agencies in developing and applying appropriate procedures for submitting criminal history data and resolving errors. A department technician position will be funded to research and correct pseudo-pointer records and provide second shift coverage to assist fingerprint technicians with resolving problem fingerprint transactions that are queried in the states Automated Law Enforcement Information Access System (ALIAS). Two fingerprint technicians will reduce daily backlogs and improve accuracy and quality of criminal justice information system information.
Funding is also being requested to perform necessary re-writes of the ALIAS system; to develop a web-based case tracking system for prosecutors; and to purchase 15 livescans to assist agencies that either do not own a functioning livescan system, or whose system is using outdated and unsupported platforms. Mug photo cameras and scanners to accompany the livescans are also included in the Federal request.