The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is transitioning from the Computerized Criminal History (CCH) to a new Criminal History System (CHS). City attorneys and others that use this system should take note that this change is coming and watch for more information from BCA.
The BCA’s goal for the new system is to provide criminal history records that are easier to read and use, housed in a system that is easy to maintain and built on a solid foundation that will meet the needs of the criminal justice community for years to come.
The switch from CCH to CHS will affect different users in different ways. Some will see a change in the appearance of returned data; others will access, enter, view and query the data in new ways. A smooth transition will require each user to understand how the switch will affect them before the transition takes place.
Users will need to take action
The BCA is planning to launch the new system on March 19, 2018. While this may seem like a long time from now, users must complete important steps ahead of time to maintain appropriate access to criminal history data and be prepared to use the new system.
Over the next few months, the BCA Service Desk will provide additional information and instructions to help cities prepare for CHS. Please ensure your city and affected personnel act on any necessary steps as quickly as possible. Watch for emails from the BCA Service Desk.