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Improve Criminal History Records

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $317,652)

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 non-criminal 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.

The Virginia State Police (VSP) and Virginia Supreme Court will use NCHIP funds to complete tasks associated with the following projects: 1) research, resolve, and update missing dispositions in the state's computerized criminal history (CCH) system; 2) support the VSP's efforts to serve as the point-of-contact for NICS checks, conduct in-depth research of dispositions to facilitate the accurate and timely identification of persons who are ineligible to purchase a firearm, and provide timely and accurate data in response to NICS background check inquiries; and 3) implement a web-based system in twelve courts to display scanned images of mental commitment orders and protective orders to improve the accessibility and completeness of records available in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and make the records available for immediate access and use by the Virginia State Police.


Date Created: August 24, 2011