PCPA Grant Announcements


Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association (PCPA) 

National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) Initiative

The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association (PCPA) will receive federal National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) funds to support the development of Central Booking Centers in six Pennsylvania counties. The six counties include: Armstrong; Bradford; Chester, Crawford; Indiana; and McKean. In a cooperative effort between state, county, and local agencies, Central Booking Centers integrate the latest technologies for fingerprinting, image identification, video conferencing, and computerized, record management systems. Central Booking Centers ensure the accurate identification of offenders when arrested. NCHIP furthers the Department of Justice (DOJ) mission to enhance the crime fighting and criminal justice capabilities of state governments by improving the accuracy, utility, and interstate accessibility of criminal history records and enhancing records of protective orders involving domestic violence and stalking, automated identification systems and other state systems supporting national records systems and their use for criminal history background checks. The focus of the FY 2015 NCHIP program is on assisting states to find ways to make more records available to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), including records in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), criminal history record information available through the Interstate Identification Index (III), and records in the NICS Index. PCPA will work with the approved vendor to procure the All-In-One Livescan and Mugshot Capture Stations and will follow all contractual state and federal requirements necessary related to the procurement process. Funds will support the purchase of six All-In-One Livescan and Mugshot Capture Stations in the six identified counties.

Participants will be required either establish a countywide central booking plan or describe how they will financially sustain their central booking program after the equipment is provided. If your county has been identified as an approved recipient, please contact Jerry Miller at PCPA Headquarters by phone at 717-236-1059 or email at: jmiller@pachiefs.org if you wish to participate. Participant forms will be provided.