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FY18 Indiana National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)

Award Information

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Competitive Discretionary
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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $1,279,408)

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 Indiana Criminal Justice Institute will transfer funds to the Indiana State Police (ISP) to improve and enhance the accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of arrest and fingerprint information captured by the state’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). Improving the completeness and accuracy of these records will improve the number and completeness of records in the state’s Criminal History Records Information System and the FBI’s national systems. Funds will be used by ISP to upgrade the state’s AFIS. The upgrade will be conducted in three phases. Phase I will include updating backend servers, storage, and licensing. Funding will cover the costs for matching servers, SAN storage and hardware, and expanding database and software licenses. Phase II activities include enhancing the data fields being sent and received on the ten-print submissions so future searches will be able to be included in the FBI Rap Back process. This solution will help to keep the NGI system and the state AFIS system in sync to ensure all records in both systems are updated appropriately. Phase III activities involve the development of Rap Back services. This will allow Indiana to report to the proper authority, in real time, those individuals that are detained for criminal charges in other jurisdictions due to the fact these individuals are currently holding positions involving law enforcement, education, or care of children and the elderly.


Date Created: September 27, 2018