National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP
The National Criminal History Improvement Program is a federal program designed to ensure that accurate records are available for use in law enforcement, including sex offender registry requirements, and to protect public safety and national security. The program permits states to identify: (1) ineligible firearm purchasers; (2) persons ineligible to hold positions involving children, the elderly, or the disabled; (3) persons subject to protection orders or wanted, arrested, or convicted of stalking and/or domestic violence; (4) persons ineligible to be employed or hold licenses for specified positions; and (5) persons potentially presenting a threat to public safety.
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has used these funds to support a variety of offender identification/registration initiatives, including:
- Web-Based Sentencing Guideline Software (SGS Web);
- Juvenile Tracking System (JTS); and
- Protection From Abuse Database (PFAD)