The National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP), administered by the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics, is an umbrella program designed to assist States in meeting evolving Federal and State requirements concerning criminal history and related records such as protective orders and sexual offender registry records. The goal of the NCHIP program is to ensure that accurate records are available for use in law enforcement, including sex offender registry requirements, and to permit States to identify ineligible firearm purchasers, persons ineligible to hold positions involving children, the elderly, or the disabled, and persons subject to protective orders or wanted, arrested, or convicted of stalking and/or domestic violence.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has received over $12 million from Federal Fiscal Year 1995 through 2004 funding under NCHIP. The majority of funding was allocated to state criminal justice agencies to support statewide criminal history records improvement projects.

For more information, please contact Lynn Wright, Deputy Director of Law Enforcement at lynn.wright@state.ma.us or 617-725-3351.