MCPA - For the past three decades, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s (BCA) Computerized Criminal History (CCH) system has stored criminal history information provided by Minnesota law enforcement, the Judicial Branch and the Department of Corrections and has been the link to federal criminal history data. The time has come for Minnesota to transition from the legacy CCH to a new Criminal History System (CHS).

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 agency has worked for the past four years with a broad group of criminal justice stakeholders and other users of criminal history data to design the best system possible.  It will continue to engage with these stakeholders as implementation gets underway

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.

The BCA is planning to launch the new system on Monday, March 19, 2018. While this may seem like a long time from now, users will need to 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 agencies and IT staff prepare for CHS.  BCA leaders say they are excited about the new Criminal History System and believe it will provide accurate, timely and complete information that is easier to read and use to effectively conduct police investigations and make decisions.