National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) Grant Program


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National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)

Through the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP), Bureau of Justice Statistics of the Department of Justice, provides direct awards and technical assistance to states and localities to improve the quality, timeliness, and immediate accessibility of criminal history records and related information. Complete records require that data from all components of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and corrections be integrated and linked. NCHIP assists states to establish the integrated infrastructure that meets the needs of all components.


NCHIP Program Goals and Objectives

  • 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.
  • To permit states to identify—
    • Ineligible firearm purchasers
    • Persons ineligible to hold positions involving children, the elderly, or the disabled
    • Persons subject to protection orders or wanted, arrested, or convicted of stalking and/or domestic violence
    • Persons ineligible to be employed or hold licenses for specified positions
    • Persons potentially presenting threats to public safety

For more information on the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP), please visit the following web page on the Bureau of Justice Statistic (BJS) web site:


Program Contact:

Ryan Fleischman
Lead Planning Analyst