October 2013


Curtis M. Wood Joins SEARCH Board of Directors


Curtis M. Wood

Mr. Curtis M. Wood, Massachusett’s governor-appointed representative to the SEARCH Membership Group, has moved onto the SEARCH Board of Directors, effective October 30, 2013. He fills a vacancy left by the resignation of Alaska Member David Schade, and will serve the remainder of Mr. Schade’s two-year Board term, which expires in 2015.

Mr. Wood, who serves as Undersecretary of Forensic Science and Technology for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, has been a SEARCH Member since 2008.

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Diane Lacy Brings Enterprise Architecture, Data Modeling Skills to SEARCH Information Sharing Program


SEARCH has hired Ms. Diane E. Lacy as an Information Sharing Specialist, effective October 1, 2013. She will help justice and public safety agencies improve their use of technology and information sharing in mission-critical projects and initiatives, by applying the principles of enterprise architecture and using information exchange modeling.

Ms. Lacy has a combined 28 years of experience as an information technology professional. She has extensive knowledge and experience in enterprise architecture frameworks, including FEAF (Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework) and GRA (Global Reference Architecture).

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National Publications Spotlight Articles on ITSM and NICS by Expert SEARCH Staff


Current issues of two national publications feature articles written by SEARCH staff—one that provides expert advice for public safety practitioners, and one that offers insight into a critical national issue. 

Bonnie Maney

The October 2013 issue of MissionCritical Communications features a “Spectrum Monitor” column written by Ms. Bonnie Maney, an Information Sharing Specialist and Public Safety Training Manager for SEARCH.

The column addresses Information Technology Service Management (ITSM), a process and strategy to manage new and existing technology in public safety agencies, such as land-mobile radio and broadband equipment. 

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SEARCH Podcast Series for Law Enforcement Investigators Focuses on the Digital World


The SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services team has launched a new podcast series, featuring interviews with subject matter experts who share their practitioner knowledge and insight on specific investigative issues and challenges faced by law enforcement. 

The first four podcasts are moderated by Ms. Elizabeth Tow, SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Specialist. Each covers a general theme of online resources that are available to law enforcement: 

Bill Wiltse

TLOxp®—A Public Records Research System

A former police officer, Mr.

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COPS Office Brief Offers Update on Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network


In February 2012 President Obama signed legislation that started the nation on a journey to build a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN)—which will provide comprehensive, high-speed wireless communication services to more than 60,000 public safety and emergency response agencies. Among other things, the legislation set the stage for three monumental tasks:

  • First, reallocate the 700 MHz “D block” section of the airwaves to public safety.
  • Next, establish a governance structure, called FirstNet (First Responder Network Authority), and charge it with “taking all actions necessary to build, deploy, and operate the network in consultation with federal, state, tribal and local public safety entities.”
  • Last, use federal grant money to begin building the network and support these entities in their planning.
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