Staff

SEARCH’s staff of professionals implements solutions for justice and public safety organizations at the direction of our Membership Group. Our staff—many of whom are former local and state public safety, justice and IT professionals—use their broad subject-matter expertise to develop and offer practical, effective products, services and resources. These solutions address challenges that stakeholders face in justice information sharing, emergency communications, high-tech crime investigations, and criminal history law and policy.

Executive Staff

ScottCame

Scott Came

Executive Director

scott@search.org
(360) 529-2938

BeckiGoggins

Becki Goggins

Director, Law and Policy

becki.goggins@search.org
(916) 392-2550 ext. 306

TimLott

Timothy Lott

Director, High-Tech Crime Training Services

Director of Operations

tim@search.org
(916) 392-2550 ext. 209

AndrewOwen

Andrew Owen

Director, Information Sharing Programs

andrew@search.org
(916) 215-3933

MarkPerbix

Mark Perbix

Director, Information Sharing Programs

mark@search.org
(916) 712-5918

MelissaNee

Melissa Nee

Manager of Government Affairs

melissa@search.org
(571) 643-1379

Project Employee

KellyPeters

Kelly Harbitter

Project Employee for Government Affairs

kelly@search.org
(916) 712-9703

Programs Staff

MarkPerbix

Mark Perbix

Director, Information Sharing Programs

mark@search.org
(916) 712-5918

AndrewOwen

Andrew Owen

Director, Information Sharing Programs

andrew@search.org
(916) 215-3933

YogeshChawla

Yogesh Chawla

Information Sharing Architecture Specialist

yogesh@search.org
(916) 392-2550 ext. 303

JimDouglas

James E. Douglas

Information Sharing Specialist

jdouglas@search.org
(916) 710-0320

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Diane E. Lacy

Information Sharing Specialist

dlacy@search.org
(916) 392-2550 ext. 335

ChrisRiffle

Chris Riffle

Information Sharing Developer

criffle@search.org
(916) 392-2550 ext. 304

HaiqiWei

Haiqi Wei

Information Sharing Developer

haiqi@search.org
(916) 392-2550 ext. 315

MoWest

Mo West

Information Sharing Specialist

mo@search.org
(916) 206-7217

TimLott

Timothy Lott

Director, High-Tech Crime Training Services

tim@search.org
(916) 392-2550 ext. 209

JustinFitzsimmons

Justin T. Fitzsimmons

Program Manager, High-Tech Crime Training Services

justin@search.org
(916) 392-2550 ext. 333

PhillipBennie

Phillip Bennie

Laboratory and User Support Specialist

phillip@search.org
(916) 392-2550 ext. 201

DeanChatfield

Dean Chatfield

High-Tech Crime Training Specialist

dean@search.org
(916) 392-2550 ext. 301

LaurenWagner

Lauren Wagner

High-Tech Crime Training Specialist

lauren@search.org
(916) 392-2550 ext. 268

Project Employees

Wade Higgason

High-Tech Crime Training Project Instructor

Julie Kenniston

High-Tech Crime Training Project Instructor

George Vasiliou

High-Tech Crime Training Project Instructor

James Williams

High-Tech Crime Training Project Instructor

BeckiGoggins

Becki Goggins

Director, Law and Policy

becki.goggins@search.org
(916) 392-2550 ext. 306

DennisDeBacco

Dennis DeBacco

Justice Information Services Specialist

dennis@search.org
(916) 392-2550 ext. 325

NinaByrom

Nina K. Sullivan

Administrative Assistant

nina@search.org
(916) 392-2550 ext. 200

Project Employees

OwenGreenspan

Owen Greenspan

Project Employee for Law & Policy

Chris Celaya

Public Safety Technology Specialist

Billy Freeman

Public Safety Technology Specialist

Tim Lenk

Public Safety Technology Specialist

Dick Miller

Public Safety Technology Specialist

Gary Parker

Public Safety Technology Specialist

Al Ruiz

Public Safety Technology Specialist

Chris Suter

Public Safety Technology Specialist

Dan Wills

Public Safety Technology Specialist

Program Support Staff

TwylaPutt

Twyla R. Putt

Corporate Communications Specialist

twyla@search.org
(916) 392-2550 ext. 216

ChrisLee

Christine E. Lee

Webmaster

christine@search.org
(916) 392-2550 ext. 216

TimLott

Timothy Lott

Director of Operations

tim@search.org
(916) 392-2550 ext. 209

LeticiaDavidek

Leticia Davidek

Controller

leticia@search.org
(916) 392-2550 ext. 210

Scott Came

ScottCame

Mr. Scott M. Came is Executive Director of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he leads SEARCH staff in delivering products and services to justice and public safety organizations across the United States; supports the SEARCH Membership Group in achieving corporate goals and objectives; and represents SEARCH before various branches and levels of government and partner organizations.

Mr. Came previously served as Deputy Executive Director of SEARCH from 2010-12, where he oversaw the planning, development, implementation, and management of SEARCH programs. These programs focused on four specific areas: law and policy issues associated with information and identification technologies; planning for and implementing information-sharing technology; public safety interoperable communications technologies; and high-technology crime investigation. Within these program areas, SEARCH staff provide technical assistance, training, publications, policy research, workshops, and conferences to the national justice and public safety communities.

From 2006–2010, Mr. Came served as Director of Systems and Technology for SEARCH, where he oversaw SEARCH’s initiatives to support justice and public safety information sharing nationwide. Under his leadership, SEARCH staff provided direct assistance to Federal, state, local, and tribal practitioners on information sharing and technology deployment. This assistance included consulting and facilitation, strategic planning, architecture development, business process analysis, technology standards application, and developing governance and funding models.

Mr. Came has served as a leader in the development of justice community standards, including the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), the Global Reference Architecture (GRA), and the OASIS Electronic Court Filing standard. He has defined and implemented service-oriented architectures for statewide justice information sharing, and has developed dozens of information exchange specifications in NIEM. He has led SEARCH’s Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM™) program, through continued evolution of the JIEM modeling tool and transitioning the JIEM certification process to a cost-effective e-learning approach. He led the redesign of the JIEM tool to support the definition and export of NIEM exchanges using Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) standards.

Prior to joining SEARCH, Mr. Came was the Chief Enterprise Architect for the State of Washington, where he developed architecture standards and supported statewide technology governance. He has led complex software development and technology deployment projects as an architect and project manager. He is a regular speaker on technology strategy and standards implementation at justice community conferences and meetings.

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Kelly Harbitter

KellyPetersMs. Kelly J. Harbitter is Director of Government Affairs for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. She leads SEARCH’s liaison efforts to the Congress and the Administration on issues that impact the states and the justice community, including information sharing, public safety and homeland security.

Ms. Harbitter was Programs and Policy Advisor for SEARCH from 2011 to January 2013, advising the Executive Director on corporate policy, programs and strategic direction, and providing liaison to federal, state and local agencies, peer organizations and Congress. She was also responsible for partnership development and SEARCH Membership Group support. From 2003–2010, Ms. Harbitter served as Deputy Executive Director of SEARCH, overseeing the development, implementation and management of all SEARCH programs and related projects. SEARCH programs focus on information sharing technology and its successful application to justice, homeland security and public safety decisionmaking. These programs focus on four specific areas: law and policy issues associated with information and identification technologies; planning for and implementing information-sharing technology; public safety information sharing and interoperable communications technologies; and high-technology crime investigation. Under her leadership, SEARCH staff provided a broad array of activities, resources and products to local, regional, tribal and state justice and public safety agencies nationwide. This assistance included technical assistance, consulting and facilitation, training, strategic planning, architecture development, business process analysis, technology standards application, resource development (publications, Web sites, model development), national-scope policy research, and national workshops, symposia and conferences. Ms. Harbitter oversaw programs funded by grants, cooperative agreements and contracts from the U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS), and from state and local agencies.

Ms. Harbitter has developed, organized and presented at numerous national conferences, meetings and symposia on justice information sharing policy and technology, and workshops on justice, homeland security and public safety information sharing issues that have trained thousands of practitioners and state and local policymakers. She has written numerous articles, technical bulletins and reports on justice system automation and integration for SEARCH and for publication by the U.S. DOJ. She is co-author of the Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How to plan, purchase and manage technology (successfully!) and Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Information Technology Security: How to Assess Risk and Establish Effective Policies. Ms. Harbitter has presented a series of national technical assistance workshops and conferences on Law Enforcement Technology Planning and Implementation to COPS grantees. She has also provided onsite technical assistance on issues relating to justice and public safety information sharing, interoperability and integration.

Ms. Harbitter is a member of the Criminal Justice Information System Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative Security Working Group. She joined SEARCH in 1991. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and in Communications.

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Twyla R. Putt

TwylaPuttMs. Twyla R. Putt is a Corporate Communications Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where she provides corporate and program writing, editorial and graphic design support, and coordinates the design, production and dissemination of a range of materials, including newsletters, surveys, brochures, marketing materials, policy and research documents, technical reports and specifications, proceedings, conference and meeting materials. She also assists in preparing Web content; oversees an information dissemination effort describing SEARCH activities, services and products; develops and implements communications policies, guidelines and processes; and maintains a library of SEARCH, U.S. Department of Justice and criminal justice-related publications.

Ms. Putt joined SEARCH in 1987 as an Editor and Writer in the Corporate Communications department, where she supported the communications needs of the organization and corporate programs. She also provided all technical writing and marketing support for major corporate software programs, including management information systems for law enforcement agencies, local jails, prosecutor offices and substance abuse offender case management programs. 

Before joining SEARCH, Ms. Putt spent four years as a Reporter and Editor of a daily legal and state government newspaper in Sacramento, California.

Ms. Putt received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and English from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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Mark Perbix

MarkPerbixMr. Mark Perbix is Director of Information Sharing Programs for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he oversees SEARCH’s initiatives to support justice and public safety information sharing nationwide. These initiatives focus on providing direct assistance to federal, state, local, and tribal organizations to improve their use of technology, information sharing, and communications interoperability in mission-critical projects. Initiatives include consulting and facilitation, strategic planning for information sharing and technology deployment, architecture development, business process modeling and analysis, service specification development, performance management, voice and data integration planning, application of technology standards, and developing effective governance and funding models.

Mr. Perbix assumed his position in 2012, after serving for a year as Director of Systems and Technology. Before that, he was a Justice Information Systems Specialist for SEARCH for more than 5 years, working on the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM®) project and providing training, technical assistance, and research on strategic planning, architecture development, and justice information sharing to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions, and building exchange specifications using the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) and the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM). He led major projects, such as an offender reentry best practices project for the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance. He contributed to national workgroups such as the Global Infrastructure/Standards Working Group (GISWG), and has served as a leader in the National Association for Justice Information Systems (NAJIS) and other practitioner organizations.

Mr. Perbix has contributed to national workgroups such as the Global Infrastructure/Standards Working Group (GISWG), and is a founding member of the Global Strategic Solutions Working Group (GSSWG). He has served as a leader in the National Association for Justice Information Systems (NAJIS) and other practitioner organizations.

Prior to joining SEARCH, Mr. Perbix worked for the Colorado Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Justice, where he was lead grant manager for federally funded IT projects. He had also worked with the Colorado Integrated Criminal Justice Information System (CICJIS) program to develop a Web portal to their integrated information system, which provides a single method of accessing criminal justice data and records from the state’s five principal criminal justice databases: the criminal history repository, state courts, prosecutors, and adult and juvenile corrections. Mr. Perbix served as CIO for CICJIS and was responsible for managing operations and achieving program goals, including implementing a statewide automated warrants process that provided real-time electronic exchange and management of all warrants issued by the state courts to local law enforcement and improving disposition matching of court and arrest records.

Mr. Perbix earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in Judicial Administration from the University of Denver College of Law. He is a Certified Computing Professional through the Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals.

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Andrew Owen

AndrewOwenMr. Andrew T. Owen is Director of Information Sharing Programs for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he oversees SEARCH initiatives to support justice and public safety information sharing nationwide. These initiatives focus on providing direct assistance to federal, state, local, and tribal organizations to improve their use of technology, information sharing, and communications interoperability in mission-critical projects. Initiatives include consultation and facilitation, strategic planning for information sharing and technology deployment, architecture development, business process modeling and analysis, service specification development, performance management, voice and data integration planning, application of technology standards, and developing effective governance and funding models.

Since joining SEARCH in 2006, Mr. Owen has worked on multiple projects focused on integrated justice information systems planning and implementation, including the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), the Global Reference Architecture (GRA), and the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM®). He has provided programming and configuration assistance, consultation on implementation architecture, training, technical assistance, and research to jurisdictions nationwide in planning and implementing information sharing solutions, as well as developing information sharing standards and technical architecture. He has also played a key role in supporting members of the Open Justice Broker Consortium (OJBC).

Mr. Owen formerly was Lead Systems Analyst for the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center–Northeast (NLECTC-NE). In this role, he provided information sharing technical assistance and consulting services to many state and local law enforcement, courts, and corrections agencies.

Mr. Owen is experienced with JIEM, NIEM, and the IEPD development process. He has supported a number of Global and NIEM efforts, including developing corrections-related reference IEPDs, the New York State in-state Rap Sheet IEPD, California Courts IEPDs, , and several incident reporting projects that leverage the FBI’s Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx) IEPD. Mr. Owen regularly serves as a presenter at conferences to discuss information sharing approaches and methodologies and has authored technical briefs on JIEM, NIEM, Web Services, XML, and related topics. He has led the policy and technology aspects of establishing identity management federations, using the GFIPM (Global Federated Identify and Privilege Management) guidelines and open source software, at the state level, allowing integrated justice initiatives to improve security while providing practitioners with seamless access to information.

Mr. Owen also has provided support to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global). He participated on the Global Tech team and its XML Structure Task Force (XSTF), is actively involved in NIEM curriculum development, and is a NIEM training instructor. He has developed training materials, provided training to local and state justice agencies, and instructed at NIEM “train-the-trainer” events. In 2011, he was appointed co-chair of the NIEM Technical Architecture Committee (NTAC), representing state, local, and tribal organizations. Since becoming co-chair, he has played a lead role in establishing a Unified Modeling Language profile for NIEM and in developing the NIEM 3.0 technical architecture.

Mr. Owen has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Networking and Systems Administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. He has achieved SEARCH JIEM certification and is a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM).

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Timothy Lott

TimLottMr. Timothy Lott is Director of the High-Tech Crime Training Services Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. He oversees a national program that provides expert technical assistance and training to local, state, and federal justice and public safety agencies on successfully conducting electronic crimes investigations.

These courses focus on teaching how to investigate Internet and computer crimes, online child exploitation, cellular devices, and social networking sites, and the proper search and seizure of home and small office networks. The High-Tech Crime Training Services team led by Mr. Lott also provides hands-on assistance in systems security and computer forensics.

Mr. Lott also serves as Director of Operations for SEARCH, responsible for managing, coordinating, and leading all financial and administrative functions for the organization. This includes advising the SEARCH executive team and Board of Directors on financial matters; overseeing corporate accounting, bookkeeping, and employee benefits; coordinating annual audits, and grant proposal and reporting submissions; preparing budgets and contracts; and maintaining staff policies and procedures, among other duties.

Mr. Lott joined SEARCH in 2010 as a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist. He coordinated and provided training on high-tech crime investigations and forensics; provided technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases; prepared training curricula; and presented at conferences throughout the United States. He was promoted to his current position in 2011.

Mr. Lott previously worked for 6 years as a Deputy Probation Officer for the Sacramento County (California) Department of Probation, and another 2 years as a Probation Assistant. He was assigned to the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, and helped conduct multijurisdictional investigations involving white-collar crime, organized crime, crimes against persons, and fraud when high-technology or identity theft is a factor. He also supervised a caseload of adult and juvenile probationers.

His assignment on the Task Force required him to conduct probation compliance checks on offenders who had been convicted and placed on probation for offenses involving the possession of child pornography, stalking via social networking sites or cell phones, and identity theft. In August 2009, Mr. Lott was cross-designated as a Special Deputy United States Marshal.

Mr. Lott is a member of the American Probation and Parole Association, American Criminal Justice Association, and High Technology Crime Investigation Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from California State University-Sacramento. He is a certified Instructor through the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation / Instructor Development Institute (ICI/IDI).

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Owen M. Greenspan

OwenGreenspanMr. Owen M. Greenspan is Director of Law and Policy for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. SEARCH’s Law and Policy Program helps agencies and courts develop and implement responsible laws, policies and practices to govern the collection, maintenance, exchange, sharing and dissemination of justice information. As Director, Mr. Greenspan oversees the program’s activities, which include researching and writing about issues that impact justice information management and policy, organizing conferences and workshops, establishing and supporting task forces, conducting surveys on issues pertinent to criminal record managers, providing technical assistance to justice agencies, and working collaboratively with governmental entities and other organizations to improve the quality of justice and public safety.

Mr. Greenspan joined SEARCH in 1995 as a Justice Information Services Specialist where he provided technical assistance to state and local justice agencies and courts, in support of their efforts to employ information and identification technologies consistent with law, prudent policy, operational objectives and program goals. On the national level, he was and continues as SEARCH’s liaison with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the Interstate Identification Index and standardized criminal history record. Mr. Greenspan is also SEARCH’s lead investigator for biometrics applications. He has served as member and staff to numerous advisory groups and task forces, including the National Task Force on the Criminal Record Backgrounding of America, the National Task Force on the Role of the Private Sector in the Use and Management of Justice Information, and the National Task Force on Court Automation and Integration.

Prior to joining SEARCH, Mr. Greenspan held several positions with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. As Deputy Commissioner for Identification and Data Systems, he was responsible for New York’s criminal history record repository and associated data processing services for more than 3,000 agencies across New York and beyond. As Deputy Commissioner for Municipal Police, he was responsible for certification of police training and accreditation programs. He was also New York’s governor-appointee to the SEARCH Membership Group, and served as Vice Chair of the Membership Group and Board of Directors. He is retired from the New York City Police Department, where he held patrol, investigative, administrative and supervisory positions. His last assignment was Commanding Officer of the Identification Section, NYPD’s central criminal records unit.

Mr. Greenspan holds a master of professional services (MPS) in Criminal Justice from C.W. Post College of Long Island University and a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Fordham University, New York.

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Rose Marie Florita

RoseMarieFloritaMs. Rose Marie Florita is Director of Finance and Administration for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where she directs all financial activities of the corporation, including accounting, audit coordination, budgeting, purchasing, contract administration, payroll, insurance, employee benefit programs and financial planning, analysis and reporting.

Before joining SEARCH in 2003, Ms. Florita served for 13 years as Director of Finance and Administration at Women Escaping A Violent Environment, Inc. (WEAVE), a nonprofit social service agency in Sacramento, California. In this position, she was responsible for all financial activities, including contracts management, and oversight of all human resources activities. Before her promotion to Director of Finance and Administration, she served for one year as an Accounting Assistant at WEAVE.

Ms. Florita also worked as an Accounting Clerk at Fleming Foods, Inc. in West Sacramento; as a Junior Accountant at Sierra Capital Services in San Francisco; and as a Staff Accountant at Singapore Airlines in Manila, Philippines.

Ms. Florita holds a bachelor of science in Commerce from St. Paul’s College, Manila, Philippines. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has received financial management training from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of the Comptroller.

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Jane Bassett

JaneBassettMs. Jane L. Bassett is a Corporate Communications Specialist in the Corporate Communications unit of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. She is responsible for layout and design of a wide range of SEARCH publications and materials, including corporate newsletters and brochures, conference marketing materials, and reports published by SEARCH and the Federal Government. She plans, analyzes, and creates visual solutions to communications needs and is responsible for graphic design, prepress activities, print buying, and distribution of printed materials. In addition, she helps write, edit, and produce a range of written and on-line materials and publications in support of SEARCH corporate, program, and Membership Group activities, services, and resources. She helps develop, implement, and maintain editorial policies and standards, and develops marketing materials for SEARCH symposia, conferences, and workshops. She also provides support to the Executive Director’s Office, particularly for Membership Group materials and activities.

Ms. Bassett is proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite of products, including InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Bridge, and Photoshop. 

Before joining SEARCH in 1986, Ms. Bassett was Typesetting Supervisor at a Sacramento newspaper. She also worked as a Typesetter at Fruitridge Printing. Ms. Bassett received a bachelor’s degree in Geography from California State University, Sacramento. She has also completed Printing Technology courses at Sacramento City College.

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Christine Lee

ChrisLeeMs. Christine Lee is the Webmaster for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where she is responsible for the overall functionality and appearance of the SEARCH Web site.

Before joining SEARCH in 2003, Ms. Lee was a Lead Production Engineer and Release Manager at Jel Productions Inc., where she developed Web sites for clients such as Saturn, Genentech and the California Lottery.

Ms. Lee was also a Web Developer and Account Manager at Salt Web, Inc., where she assisted in the development and maintenance of database-driven e-commerce Web sites.

Ms. Lee holds a bachelor of science in Chemistry from Hillsdale College in Michigan. She also completed graduate coursework and held a teaching assistant position in Chemistry at the University of California, Davis.

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Bonnie Maney

BonnieManeyMs. Bonnie Maney is the Public Safety Training Manager / Information Sharing Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. As Public Safety Training Manager, she is responsible for managing project staff, preparing and developing public safety training initiatives, and managing program budgets. She also coordinates grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts with funding agencies that can include local, state, and federal agencies; oversees program deliverables; and provides technical assistance to local, county, and state justice, public safety, and non-justice agencies in these areas of information technology: governance, planning, development, improvement, acquisition, integration, and interoperability. As an Information Sharing Specialist, she helps justice and public safety agencies nationwide improve their use of technology and information sharing in mission-critical projects and initiatives. She assists in all facets of information sharing capability development and voice and data interoperability, including strategic and tactical planning, architecture development, business process modeling and analysis, service specification development, voice and data integration planning, and performance management. She also contributes to publications on key issues and participates in efforts to develop and adopt national information sharing and interoperability standards.

Ms. Maney joined SEARCH in 2010 following a 19½-year career in public safety emergency communications, most recently as Telecommunications Manager for the Town of Palm Beach (Florida) and its consolidated police/fire/emergency medical services (EMS) communications center. In that position, she was involved in strategic technology plan development; budget and project lifecycle management; computer-aided dispatch (CAD), radio, 9-1-1, and other communications technology; participation in policy-level stakeholder, workgroup, and user committees; analysis of user needs and requirements; and developing and administering training for operational and emergency management telecommunications and public safety personnel. She managed communication center renovations, CAD/RMS/Radio and 9-1-1 upgrades, and other projects that enable communications interoperability and information sharing.

Before that, Ms. Maney served for 10 years as Dispatch Operations Shift Supervisor for the City of West Palm Beach, where she oversaw critical service, personnel, and equipment decisions, and performed duties of all Emergency Communications Operator positions, including call handling, police/fire/EMS dispatch, and teletype operator. She also served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 8 years, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant.

Since 2008, Ms. Maney has developed and instructed courses for the Emergency Management/Public Safety Telecommunicator degree program at Jacksonville State University (Alabama). She also has developed and instructs courses for the emergency management associate degree program at Palm Beach State College (Florida) for 5 years, and also instructed in its Dispatcher Academy program. In 2012, she helped develop and present a series of online courses for the Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications (DHS OEC) on public safety communications and project management. She has also written issue briefs and best practices guides and tools on public safety broadband, Incident Command System communications unit, interagency communications, and lifecycle management topics.

Ms. Maney earned a master’s of science degree in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northwood University (Florida), where she graduated summa cum laude. She also has more than 2,000 hours of advanced training in communications, leadership, project management, equipment, and information sharing, including incident command and management systems, disaster management, and trunked and conventional radio systems, and held certification as a State of Florida 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatcher.

She is the SEARCH representative to the SAFECOM Emergency Response Council (ERC) and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).

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Nina Sullivan

NinaByromMs. Nina Sullivan is an Administrative Assistant for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where she provides administrative and program support, including preparing and maintaining files, correspondence, program materials and applications to relevant agencies, organizations and individuals, and assisting with conference and symposia preparation.

Before joining SEARCH in 2005, Ms. Sullivan was a Sales Administrator, Sales Secretary and Sales Coordinator for a California-based agricultural and construction equipment firm. In these positions, she developed strong organizational and office support and administration skills, including developing and implementing standardized internal procedures, planning events, creating electronic forms and presentation templates, and maintaining sales-related statistics.

Ms. Sullivan has a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Sacramento.

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Yogesh Chawla

YogeshChawlaMr. Yogesh Chawla is an Information Sharing Architecture Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he plans, develops, implements, and deploys information sharing systems on behalf of SEARCH clients in local, state, tribal, and Federal government settings. He provides programming and configuration assistance, as well as consultation on implementation architecture and design with clients.

Mr. Chawla has 15 years of experience as an information technology professional specializing in service-oriented architecture (SOA) solutions for the justice domain. He has in-depth knowledge and experience with many open source projects and has worked in the capacities of analyst, designer, programmer, and system architect. He is familiar with the national justice standards that SEARCH supports, including GFIPM (Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management), GJXML (Global Justice XML), GRA (Global Reference Architecture), Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx), and NIEM (National Information Exchange Model).

Prior to joining SEARCH in 2011, Mr. Chawla worked for more than five years as Technical Lead on the Wisconsin Justice Information Sharing (WIJIS) program, where he helped design and build the WIJIS Justice Gateway for the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance. The Gateway started as a pilot group with five law enforcement agencies and has grown to include more than 170 law enforcement agencies, 72 district attorneys’ offices, and all of the Wisconsin Circuit Courts. The incident data, prosecutor case files, and court data from these participants are all available through a single search interface. Mr. Chawla also served as the liaison for local agencies to facilitate connecting to the Gateway.

He also worked as a project consultant for the insurance and banking industries, for Beacon Technologies; as a technology analyst for Merrill Lynch in New York City, helping with Exchange server design and architecture and travel information management projects; as a technology analyst in Merrill Lynch’s Bueños Aires office, providing application and user support for institutional traders, investment bankers, and retail brokers in Argentina, and managing Y2K transition for its Chile office; and as an infrastructure programmer for Lockheed Martin, where he worked on Common Object Request Broker (CORBA)-compliant software infrastructure for the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) airplane.

Mr. Chawla earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Binghamton University in New York. He holds two Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) certifications: Series 7 (General Securities Registered Representative) and Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law). He is a regular speaker at regional and national justice information sharing conferences, and has prepared reference implementations in use by a number of municipalities.

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James Douglas

JimDouglasMr. James E. Douglas is an Information Sharing Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he helps justice and public safety agencies nationwide to improve their use of technology and information sharing in mission-critical projects and initiatives. He assists in all facets of information sharing capability development and communications interoperability, including strategic and tactical planning, architecture development, business process modeling and analysis, service specification development, and performance management. He also contributes to publications on key issues and participates in efforts to develop and adopt national information sharing and interoperability standards.

Mr. Douglas has more than 20 years of experience in information systems technology and information sharing for public safety agencies. His expertise includes engineering, design, integration of information systems and networks, requirements analysis, data modeling, and service-oriented architecture (SOA).

Prior to joining SEARCH in 2007, Mr. Douglas was project manager for L3 Government Services, Inc., where he managed a group of IT professionals in support of National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center-Northeast (NLECTC-NE) and National Institute of Justice (NIJ) projects in justice information sharing.. He also worked on U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security projects to develop and implement the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM), Global Reference Architecture (GRA), and National Information Exchange Model (NIEM).

He also worked for AppliedTheory Communications Corp., as a sales engineer and network engineering manager; Hamilton College, New York, as associate director of networks and systems; the State University of New York Institute of Technology, Utica, as assistant director of systems and telecommunications/adjunct professor; and at MIT’s Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and McDonnell Douglas as an aerospace engineer.

Mr. Douglas is a member of various Global groups, including the Global Infrastructure/ Standards Working Group (GISWG) and Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management (GFIPM) Delivery Team. He chairs the Global Services Task Team (STT), which creates new Reference Service Specifications to provide the opportunity for reuse in the field, and reviews GRA implementations that have the potential for reuse by other agencies. He has also served on the NIEM Business Architecture Committee (NBAC), the Global XML Structure Task Force (XSTF), and the North American Network Operators’ Group (NANOG).

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Clarkson University, New York, where he graduated with distinction.

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Michael Jacobson

MichaelJacobsonMr. Michael Jacobson is an Information Sharing Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he helps justice and public safety agencies nationwide to improve their use of technology and information sharing in mission-critical projects and initiatives. He assists in all facets of information sharing capability development and communications interoperability, including strategic planning, architecture development, business process modeling and analysis, service specification development, and performance management. He also contributes to publications on key issues and participates in efforts to develop and adopt national information sharing and interoperability standards.

Mr. Jacobson has more than 20 years of networking, database programming, user support, administration, and project management experience, with expertise in XML, business process modeling, and service-oriented architecture (SOA). Prior to joining SEARCH in 2009, he worked for the Montana Department of Justice (DOJ), most recently as an Information Technology Project Manager. In this position, he coordinated and completed multiple simultaneous projects, including managing project scope and timelines; developing project and communications plans; providing risk assessments; developing policies, standards, and procedures; analyzing business processes; and reporting to project sponsors, stakeholders, and team members. He managed the statewide Integrated Justice Information Sharing (IJIS) Broker program, which includes the information exchanges that allow a wide range of agencies (such as courts, jails, prisons, police, sheriffs, and motor vehicle division) to share real-time information quickly, securely, and accurately.

Mr. Jacobson also served as Chief of the Montana DOJ’s Application Services Bureau for more than 3 years, which assists the department in planning, developing, and maintaining automated information systems. He oversaw the work of web developers, programmer/ analysts, systems analysts, and database administrators, and also participated in long-range planning and coordinating development projects. He worked with IT managers statewide on enterprisewide strategic planning, standards, and policy issues as Executive Chairman of the Montana Information Technology Managers Council, an advisory group to the state Chief Information Officer.

He also served as a System Analyst for the Montana Department of Agriculture for 5 years, where he was responsible for meeting its IT needs, including user support and training; network and server administration; and programming large and small database projects. He previously worked for MoreWire, Inc., as Vice President of Information Systems; Hydrometrics, Inc., as Senior Systems Specialist; and as an Information Service Specialist for the state Office of Public Instruction, all based in Helena, Montana.

Mr. Jacobson has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Carroll College.

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Diane Lacy

Ms. Diane E. Lacy is an Information Sharing Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where she helps justice and public safety agencies nationwide to improve their use of technology and information sharing in mission-critical projects and initiatives. She assists in all facets of information sharing capability development, including strategic and tactical planning, architecture development, business process modeling and analysis, service specification development, and performance management. In particular, Ms. Lacy has extensive experience in developing information architectures, knowledge management, and taxonomy structures to facilitate federated information sharing environments.

Ms. Lacy has more than 25 years of experience as an IT professional. She is knowledgeable and experienced in enterprise architecture frameworks, including FEAF and GRA, and is familiar with national justice standards, including GFIPM, NIEM, SAML, XACML, and LEXs. She also has broad experience in defining and building governance structures; implementing knowledge management maturity models and information exchange SOA roadmaps; and information modeling, which enables agencies to design and deploy secure, standards-based interoperable systems, processes, and workflows.

Prior to joining SEARCH in 2013, Ms. Lacy spent three years as a Senior Enterprise Architect at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in support of its Homeland Security Information Network and Integrated Domain Awareness Segment Architecture. She helped develop a transition plan for information interoperability on cargo, conveyances, and persons associated with an imminent terrorist threat or act. Her other work at DHS included the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Global Nuclear Detection Architecture framework and developing an IEPD strategy for the Automated Commercial Environment—the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s commercial trade processing system, which automates border processing and enhances border security.

Ms. Lacy has also provided project management and architectural design planning for the U.S. Department of Justice Joint Automated Booking Systems; defined and authored functional specifications for a national data exchange hub for state prescription monitoring programs; and managed a program for the California DOJ to implement a custom collection system for firearms purchase/ownership information.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California-Los Angeles.

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Mo West

MoWestMr. Mo West is an Information Sharing Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he helps justice and public safety agencies nationwide improve their use of technology and information sharing in mission-critical projects and initiatives. He assists in all facets of information sharing capability development and communications interoperability, including strategic planning, architecture development, business process modeling and analysis, service specification development, and performance management. He also contributes to publications on key issues and participates in efforts to develop and adopt national information sharing and interoperability standards, such as serving on the XML Structure Task Force (XSTF), an advisory team under the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative’s Infrastructure/Standards Working Group (GISWG).

Mr. West supports agencies and jurisdictions that are developing information sharing solutions by performing business process and data analysis using the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM®), Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), and other industry standards and best practices. He also conducts technology and functional capability assessments applying criminal justice application capability guidelines, such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) functional standards for law enforcement records management systems. Mr. West recently developed information exchange “on-boarding” documentation for a large state court case management system.

Prior to joining SEARCH in 2008, Mr. West served as the Program Manager for Washington State’s Justice Information Network (JIN) and as a policy analyst for the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance. In Washington, Mr. West oversaw the successful deployment of two key applications—a federated criminal history query and an electronic citations system—while securing $4.5 million in new funding for the JIN Program and leading the state’s approach to justice information sharing. He also developed a policy regarding the use of the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM) and the NIEM as the basis for statewide information sharing. He also incorporated justice performance measures into the state’s government accountability initiative. In Wisconsin, he monitored over $3.4 million in justice grants, served as a liaison to vendor and user communities for the Wisconsin Integrated Justice Information System (WIJIS) initiative, staffed key WIJIS governance committees, and developed privacy and security policies. 

Mr. West has a bachelor’s degree in History-American Law and Public Policy from Purdue University.

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Justin Fitzsimmons

JustinFitzsimmonsMr. Justin Fitzsimmons is a Program Manager in the High-Tech Crime Training Services (HTCTS) department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. He helps coordinate training with law enforcement agencies, prepares budgets, oversees the HTCTS project staff, and develops high-tech crime training projects for justice, public safety, and homeland security agencies nationwide. He also conducts legal, policy, and regulatory research, prepares white papers, and provides assistance and instructional services to justice, public safety, and homeland security agencies, particularly in digital evidence recovery, investigation, and prosecution.

Mr. Fitzsimmons is conducting a national research effort to determine the current capabilities of law enforcement to investigate crimes with digital evidence and make recommendations to decision-makers about resources to assist law enforcement. He also presents at conferences and trainings, participates on advisory committees and task forces, and supports agencies and jurisdictions as they create and implement effective procedures, practices, and technology applications that seek to combat high-tech crime and recover digital evidence.

Before joining SEARCH in 2012, Mr. Fitzsimmons worked for the National District Attorneys Association, where he was Senior Attorney for its National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse beginning in 2009. He responded to requests for assistance in child sexual exploitation cases from prosecutors and law enforcement around the United States, designed and presented training seminars, and published articles on emerging technological issues in child sexual exploitation. From 1998–2009, he was an assistant state’s attorney (ASA) in the State’s Attorney’s Offices for Kane and DuPage Counties, Illinois, where he prosecuted cases involving sexual exploitation and digital evidence. As an ASA for Kane County, he supervised the Special Prosecution Unit, responsible for investigating and prosecuting felony cases, including Internet crimes against children. He was also assigned to a Child Advocacy Center team that investigated and prosecuted cases of severe physical and sexual abuse against children, crimes of Internet solicitation of children, and child pornography. As an ASA for DuPage County, he worked in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau and the Felony Domestic Violence Unit.

Mr. Fitzsimmons frequently presents and teaches at international, national, and regional conferences, workshops, webinars, and training courses on digital evidence collection, computer forensics, crimes against children, cybercrime, and human trafficking. He has published articles on digital evidence authentication, computer forensics for prosecutors, child sexual exploitation, and more. In addition, he has drafted legislation that was signed into law in Illinois on several technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation issues from 2006–08.

Mr. Fitzsimmons was a member of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) National Strategy Working Group on Child Exploitation and co-chaired its Training Subcommittee. He also participated in the DOJ Office for Victims of Crime Working Group on Restitution for Victims of Child Pornography, the FBI Innocence Lost Working Group, and the Internet Child Exploitation Task Force. He has served as faculty of the National Children’s Advocacy Center, Huntsville, Alabama, and for the North-East Metropolitan Regional Training Center, Police Training, Aurora, Illinois.

Mr. Fitzsimmons is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University in Ohio.

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Phillip Bennie

PhillipBennieMr. Phillip Bennie is the Laboratory and User Support Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. He provides support and maintenance for the mobile laboratories used by SEARCH’s High-Tech Crime Training Services team to provide onsite training to law enforcement investigators nationwide. He also supports staff needs relating to on-site and in-house computer technology, including training and technical assistance. His responsibilities include ongoing support, training, and management for organizational software, hardware, and automation equipment, including the local area network, and supporting online programs, such as training courses, webinars, and podcasts.

Mr. Bennie joined SEARCH in 2012. He previously worked for Core Care Computers, Inc. as an Apple Certified Repair Technician from 2009-2012, at Apple Computer, Inc., as an AppleCare Technician Support representative from 2007-2009, and as a contracted AppleCare Tier 1 support agent from 2006-2007. In these positions, he diagnosed and managed complex operational and safety issues on behalf of Apple customers and managers, providing technical support for Apple products, and helped train customer support agents. Before that, he worked at various companies in California and Arizona as a computer network technician beginning in 2003. He also worked for the Arizona Department of Corrections as a correctional officer at the Arizona State Prison Complex-SMUII, a super-maximum security facility.

Mr. Bennie has an Associates of Applied Science degree in Computer Network Systems from ITT Technical Institute and is an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician (ACMT). He is proficient in Microsoft applications, Microsoft and Apple operating systems, including Windows 9x, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Macintosh OS 9.x and OS X, and in major LAN/WAN protocols and configurations.

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Diane Chin

DianeChinMs. Diane L. Chin is Administrative Assistant for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. She provides administrative and program support, including preparing and maintaining files, correspondence, program materials, and applications to relevant agencies, organizations, and individuals; and coordinates the provision of training classes, seminars, and conferences. She supports the administrative and scheduling needs of the High-Tech Crime Training Services Program of SEARCH, which provides cybercrime investigative training courses in Sacramento and nationally.

Ms. Chin joined SEARCH in 1993 and has served in positions ranging from Receptionist to Administrative Assistant. As Office Assistant, she answering phones, greeted visitors, and performed data entry and other general office duties. As Administrative Assistant for the Programs Division, she was responsible for coordinating and tracking all in-house and on-site technical assistance efforts, submitting quarterly and six-month progress reports, submitting grant modification requests, and maintaining the company contact database, among other duties.

In 2011, Ms. Chin earned a certificate for completing the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training’s (POST) Training Administrator Course

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Christopher Armstrong

ChrisArmstrongMr. Armstrong is a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations and forensics to local, state and federal justice agencies. He provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases, prepares training curricula, teaches SEARCH investigative courses and speaks at conferences throughout the United States.

Before joining SEARCH in 2008, Mr. Armstrong was a System Specialist at Fox Valley Technical College, where he assisted with the management of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) International Database Network.

Mr. Armstrong retired from the San Diego (California) Police Department in 2006 after more than 27 years of service. When he retired, he was Lead Investigator for the ICAC grant in San Diego County. In this role, he was involved in both proactive and reactive investigations, forensic investigations, computer maintenance, office network and networking hardware, and grant financial planning. Immediately prior to his ICAC assignment, he spent 6-plus years as a Child Abuse Investigator, investigating every type of child abuse, up to and including child homicides. In 2007, Mr. Armstrong was the recipient of the United States Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award for a San Diego Police investigation.

Mr. Armstrong has taught numerous high-tech crime and law enforcement courses, to include Child Abuse Investigation, Sex Crimes Investigation, and Trends in High-tech Crime for universities, colleges in San Diego County, as well as the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Academy. 

Mr. Armstrong has earned certifications in White Collar Crime, Child Abuse Investigation, and Auto Theft Investigation from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI), and is a certified Instructor from the ICI’s Instructor Development Institute. He attended National University, where he studied Administration of Justice; the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at Miramar Community College; City College of Chicago, where he became a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician; and Grossmont Community College, where he received his Associate’s degree. He served as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. Army, and after completion of Officer Candidate School, as an Officer in the California Army National Guard, Armor Branch.

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Don Lewis

DonLewisMr. Lewis is a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations and digital forensics to local, state, and federal justice agencies. He provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases, prepares training curricula, and speaks at conferences nationwide.

Before joining SEARCH in 2012, Mr. Lewis served for 23 years with the Lakewood (Colorado) Police Department, most recently as its Forensic Computer Analyst. He ran its forensic computer lab and was responsible for all aspects of digital evidence, from collection through analysis. He also was a Police Imaging and Technology Specialist, which involved analyzing images and creating imaging policies. He was a Police Photo Technician/Criminalist, operating and managing the department’s photo lab and conducting forensic imaging for its crime lab. He was also System Administrator of the department’s Mugshot System.

Mr. Lewis earned an associate’s degree in photography from Colorado Mountain College and a Computer Forensics Certificate from Marshall University (West Virginia). He is also a certified Instructor through the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST). He has undertaken multiple computer forensics trainings, including forensic photography and technology, crime scene investigation, digital imaging, electronic/digital examination, data recovery and analysis, and computer crime investigations.

Mr. Lewis has taught numerous Lakewood Police Academy classes and at the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy in the Crime Scene Investigators course series. He also has taught law enforcement video analysis courses at Central Piedmont Community College (North Carolina), teaches cellphone forensics at the University of Colorado in the Master’s Program for the National Center for Media Forensics, and is an adjunct instructor for the Computer Science Program at the Community College of Aurora (Colorado), teaching computer forensics.

Mr. Lewis has provided consulting and training to agencies nationwide on techniques and procedures for conventional and digital imaging and analysis. He is a frequently published author on computer and digital forensics topics, and has presented at conferences, cybercrime summits, and trainings held by forensic sciences, computer evidence, and identification organizations. He writes a Forensic Bytes column for Digital Forensic Investigator News. In addition, he has been a court-qualified expert in forensic photography, video analysis, and computer and cell phone analysis for district courts in Jefferson County, Colorado, since 2002.

Mr. Lewis is a member of the International Association for Identification (IAI); the National Technical Investigators Association (NATIA); and the Digital Evidence Committee of ASTM International, a global standards organization. He is Past President of the Colorado Association of Computer Crimes Investigators (CACCI). He is also an appointed member of the FBI’s Scientific Working Group for Digital Evidence (SWGDE), which fosters cooperation among law enforcement agencies and recommends national standards and procedures within the forensic community. He has served as its Vice-Chairman and has chaired its Forensic Committee.

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Elizabeth Tow

ElizabethTowMs. Elizabeth Tow is a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where she coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations and forensics to local, state and federal justice and public safety agencies. She provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases, prepares training curricula, teaches SEARCH investigative courses and speaks at conferences throughout the United States. 

Before joining SEARCH in 2010, Ms. Tow spent five years in local law enforcement in two states, as a Public Safety Dispatcher for the Grass Valley (California) and Helena (Montana) Police Departments. She gained experience in curriculum development and training and Internet Crimes Against Children peer-to-peer investigations. She is a Certified Trainer in the California Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (CLETS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Incident Management System/Standardized Emergency Management System (NIMS/SEMS). She is a Peace Officer Standards and Training-certified Public Safety Dispatcher in both California and Montana, and has received POST training in such areas as law enforcement response to terrorism, child abduction intervention and resource training, and domestic violence and sexual assault for dispatchers.

While working for the Grass Valley Police Department, Ms. Tow served as the CLETS Operational Trainer, the Communications Center CLETS Coordinator, and the Communications Training Officer. She also served on the department’s Recruitment and Retention Committee and Organizational Excellence Committee, and was a member and agency representative to the California CLETS Users Group. 

Ms. Tow has additional experience as a Finance Assistant and Parks and Recreation Supervisor with the City of Grass Valley, in addition to a great deal of conference and training-related experience in the private sector beef industry from 1988–2005. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University and also studied Animal Science at Montana State University. In 2013, she earned a Masters of Forensic Psychology from Argosy University.

Ms. Tow is a certified Instructor through the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation / Instructor Development Institute (ICI/IDI).

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Lauren Wagner

LaurenWagnerMs. Lauren Wagner is a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where she coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations and forensics to local, state and federal justice and public safety agencies. She provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases, prepares training curricula, teaches SEARCH investigative courses and speaks at conferences throughout the United States. She has also authored and coauthored various high-tech crime investigative guides, which have been published by SEARCH.

Ms. Wagner previously worked as a Research Analyst for SEARCH, focusing on research and development projects on integrated justice information systems planning and implementation using the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM™) tool. She also worked on managing the online state and local integration profiles as part of SEARCH’s justice and public safety Information Sharing Initiatives program.

Ms. Wagner first joined SEARCH in 2005 as a student intern. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Allegheny College, a master’s degree in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven (UNH), and a master’s certificate in Forensic Computer Investigation from UNH.

She also has her Network Plus Certification, and is a certified Instructor through the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation / Instructor Development Institute (ICI/IDI). In 2009, Ms. Wagner was awarded the California POST ICI Award for Excellence in Instruction. In 2011, she completed and was certified in the Intermediate Level (Level II) of the California POST IDI Master Instructor program. She then completed and was certified in the Advanced Instructor Development Level (Level III) of this Master Instructor program in 2012. 

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Dennis DeBacco

DennisDeBaccoMr. Dennis A. DeBacco is a Justice Information Services Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. In this position, he researches and writes about issues that impact criminal justice information management and policy; organizes conferences and workshops; establishes and supports task forces; conducts surveys on pertinent issues; and provides technical assistance to justice agencies.

Mr. DeBacco has more than 26 years of public safety, law enforcement and justice-related experience. Prior to joining SEARCH in 2009, he was Deputy Administrator for the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child and Family Services, where he was responsible for providing administrative and operational direction of the Division’s Support Services Bureau with a $193 million annual budget.

Among his other positions with the State of Nevada, Mr. DeBacco was Bureau Manager of the Nevada Highway Patrol’s Bureau of Records and Identification Services for 16 years. During this time, he was the state’s principal architect in designing, implementing and directing Nevada’s central repository for criminal history records and related criminal justice information systems, crime statistics and fingerprint search services.

While serving in that capacity, he was appointed by the U.S. Attorney General to the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council. He also served as Nevada’s Control Terminal Officer (CTO) to the National Crime Information Center/National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NCIC/NLETS), and as the state’s representative to the Western Identification Network (WIN), a multistate automated fingerprint identification system. He served as Chairman of WIN for 4 years and as a Board Member for more than 12 years.

Mr. DeBacco also served on the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Advisory Policy Board as the Western States’ Regional Chairman. In addition, he was Nevada’s governor-appointee to the SEARCH Membership Group from 1994 until 2002, and was elected to the SEARCH Board of Directors.

Earlier in his career, as a member of the FBI NCIC training staff, Mr. DeBacco served as an instructor at the FBI’s National Academy and at agencies throughout the United States. He earned an associate’s degree in Criminology from Mt. Aloysius College and a bachelor’s degree in Justice Administration from The American University in Washington, D.C. 

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Leticia Davidek

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Ms. Leticia Davidek is the Controller for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where she manages the day-to-day accounting operations of the corporation. This includes producing financial reports, maintaining an accounting record system, designing and implementing a comprehensive set of risk-mitigation controls and budgets, and enhancing the accuracy of SEARCH’s reported financial results. She also provides direction to support staff, and works with the Director of Operations to develop and implement overall department strategy.

Ms. Davidek has more than 25 years of experience in accounting, including 5½ years as General Ledger Accountant with a nonprofit mental health organization that serves six counties in northern and central California. 

Prior to joining SEARCH in 2008, Ms. Davidek was Senior Accounting Specialist for a contractor serving the California Administrative Office of the Courts. She reviewed financial statements and reports, prepared and audited client invoices, developed operational policies and procedures, and monitored contracts. She has also performed all aspects and phases of general accounting, bookkeeping, and office management for a variety of service and manufacturing organizations. 

Ms. Davidek has taken accounting courses at the University of California, Davis Extension and is working toward an Associates degree.

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Anne Stites

AnneStitesMs. Anne E. Stites is a Bookkeeper and Human Resources Assistant for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. Her responsibilities include processing accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and performing human resources and finance administrative functions. Ms. Stites has more than 19 years of experience in accounting, finance and human resources for nonprofit agencies, financial institutions and the construction industry.

Formerly, Ms. Stites was a Financial Assistant/Human Resources Assistant with SEARCH for 10 years before relocating to Colorado in 2004. While in Colorado, she was a Human Resources Coordinator for Volunteers of America, where she managed and processed payroll for nursing and administrative staff among other duties. She was also employed as Human Resources Coordinator/Bookkeeper for Paonia State Bank.

Most recently, Ms. Stites was a Full Charge Bookkeeper for Senior Care Advocates in Roseville, California. She rejoined SEARCH in 2008.

Ms. Stites is a graduate of Heald Business College with a Business Accounting Certificate, and has completed business courses at American River and Yuba Colleges in California. She is also a Certified Human Resources Generalist, and has certificates in the Workshop for Personnel/Human Resources Assistants, Conflict Management Skills, and Labor Law Training.

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Dean C. Chatfield

DeanChatfieldMr. Dean Chatfield is a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. He coordinates and provides training on digital evidence investigations and forensics to local, state, and federal justice agencies. He also provides technical assistance to justice agencies in active cases, prepares training curricula and other resource materials, teaches SEARCH investigative courses, and speaks at conferences throughout the United States. 

Before joining SEARCH in 2013, Mr. Chatfield worked for the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) for 14 years, first as a computer crime specialist, then as a Supervisory Computer Crime Specialist. He presented basic and advanced cyber investigative and computer forensic courses to local, state, federal, military and international law enforcement agencies; researched computer forensics issues; and provided advice to law enforcement agencies in computer seizure and analysis. As Supervisor of the NW3C Computer Crime Section, he managed 26 computer crime specialists and 7 support staff and developed curriculum for 16 cyber and forensic courses. He researched existing and new technology to enhance the courses and managed software development of NW3C products, including PerpHound™. He was NCW3C’s liaison with Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit on various projects, including programming of MS COFEE versions 1.1.2 and 2.1 (Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor). 

Mr. Chatfield has 25 years of experience in law enforcement. He was a Criminal Investigator for the Maricopa County (Arizona) Attorney’s Office for 13 years, where he conducted major felony investigations, including criminal enterprises, financial crimes, political corruption, and analysis of computers and computer-generated data. He also was Chief of the Mancos (Colorado) Police Department for 6 years, and began his law enforcement career as a Police Officer and Field Training Officer for the Phoenix (Arizona) Police Department. 

Mr. Chatfield is a lifetime member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS), a nonprofit organization of volunteer computer forensic professionals dedicated to training and certifying practitioners. He has served on its Board of Directors, as well as its elected President and Vice President. As an IACIS instructor for 5 years, he developed training courses on computer crime investigations and the methodology for seizing and analyzing computer-based evidence. He is a Board member of the American Society of Digital Forensics and eDiscovery (ASDFED) and has been an associate member of the Scientific Working Group for Digital Evidence (SWGDE) since 2005. 

Mr. Chatfield was the first person certified as a Computer Forensics Expert by IACIS in 1992. He was selected to train the Commercial Crime Bureau of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force and NATO Intelligence organizations on computer forensics. He also represented state and local law enforcement on the NIST Computer Forensic Tool Testing committee.

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Christopher Riffle

ChrisRiffleMr. Christopher Riffle is an Information Sharing Developer for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. He develops, implements, and deploys information sharing systems on behalf of SEARCH clients in local, state, tribal, and Federal government settings. He also provides programming, configuration, and testing assistance, and consults on implementation architecture and design with clients. 

Mr. Riffle has 10 years of experience as a software engineer specializing in developing applications with Java, database, web, and mobile technologies. He has in-depth knowledge and extensive experience with many open source projects. His experience will help SEARCH clients implement systems based on national justice standards, such as GFIPM (Global Federated Identity and Privilege Management), GRA (Global Reference Architecture), and NIEM (National Information Exchange Model). 

Prior to joining SEARCH in 2013, Mr. Riffle was a software engineer at Geocent, where he developed products using Java Persistence API (JPA), Spring MVC (model-view-controller), Web Services, Android and Swing. He configured builds for Jenkins and Bamboo build servers and performed defect triage. His work at Geocent was conducted in the Scrum development method. SEARCH also uses Scrum, a framework for effective team collaboration on complex projects, which helps us deliver products in short cycles, and enables fast feedback, continual improvement, and rapid adaptation to change. 

Mr. Riffle also worked as a software engineer at SRC, where he developed desktop applications with Java Swing and XML and often served as release manager for the company’s products. He wrote Apache Ant build scripts, NSIS (Nutshell Scriptable Install System) installers, and cruise control auto-build server scripts. He developed a solution to compile project source from a script with the open source Eclipse compiler to bypass a generics bug in the Sun Java Kit Development Kit compiler. He also contributed a bug fix to the OpenMap open source library symbol chooser. 

As an independent software engineer, Mr. Riffle has developed other products, including a desktop application for pilots to record flight hours and a security application for Windows and Android devices that protects users’ data in the event of theft. 

Mr. Riffle earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an associate’s degree in French from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is a Sun Certified Java Programmer, an SOA Certified Professional, and holds certifications in Security+ and Network+.

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Wade Higgason

Mr. Higgason is a High-Tech Crime Training Project Instructor for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations and forensics to local, state, and federal justice and public safety agencies. 

A detective in the Computer Forensics Unit of the Livonia (Michigan) Police Department since 2005, Mr. Higgason is assigned full-time to the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. He has performed examinations for local, state, federal and international law enforcement agencies, and is responsible for undercover online investigations/chat, computer forensics, cellular telephone and GPS examinations, search warrant executions, evidence collections, and suspect interviews. 

Mr. Higgason established the Livonia PD’s Computer Forensics Unit, created the first recognized cellular telephone forensic laboratory in the State of Michigan, and helped the Michigan State Police add Cellular Telephone Forensics to its Digital Evidence Section. 

Mr. Higgason was a police officer with the Livonia PD from 1991 to 2005, serving as a Field Training Officer and Field Evidence Technician, as well as in the Special Operations Unit. He has received multiple commendations, and is a guest lecturer for Eastern Michigan University at The Center for Regional and National Security, School of Cyber Crime Investigations and Computer Forensics. 

Mr. Higgason is a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) and Certified Electronic Evidence Collection Specialist (CEECS) through the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS). He also carries certifications through AccessData FTK (certified examiner), Cellebrite (UFED certified), and Paraben (certified cell/GPS signal analysis, advanced cell phone examiner, and handheld examiner). 

He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration, and has more than 2,000 hours of training related to computer, mobile phone and GPS forensics, and ICAC and child abuse investigations. He is a member of the High Tech Crime Investigation Association and IACIS.

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James A. Williams

Mr. Williams is a High-Tech Crime Training Project Instructor for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations and forensics to local, state, and federal justice and public safety agencies. 

A detective with the Sacramento County (California) Sheriff’s Department, Mr. Williams is assigned to the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force and is also a member of the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Mr. Williams investigates and trains new detectives in all aspects of computer/high technology crimes, including telecommunications fraud, crimes against children, identity theft, and the recovery/analysis of digital evidence. 

Mr. Williams’ law enforcement career spans nearly two decades. As an instructor for Fox Valley Technical College, he provides instruction for ICAC techniques classes. Additionally, he is a scenario evaluator/instructor for the Sacramento Sheriff’s Basic Recruit Training Academy. 

A member of the High Tech Crime Investigation Association, Mr. Williams has extensive knowledge of peer-to-peer network investigations. He authored Operation Peer Precision Tips & Tricks, a document made available to investigators through the Wyoming ICAC Task Force. 

He is a California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) subject matter expert in the areas of High Technology and Computer Investigations, as well as Child Sexual Exploitation and Computer-based Exploitation.

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Chris Baker

Mr. Baker is a Public Safety Technology Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he provides training to local, state, and tribal public safety agencies nationwide on communications interoperability issues.

He is a Battalion Chief with the Roseville (California) Fire Department. His special assignments have included public safety radio engineer, Homeland Security Officer, investigations, and designing and managing projects, to include radio, mobile data, and telecommunications. Since 2008, he has been a lead instructor of the NIMS All-Hazards COML course, and he worked in various RF, wireless, and network engineering positions in the private sector from 1993–2002. He also worked as a Captain for the Cordelia Fire District for 8 years and as a reserve deputy sheriff for the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years.

Mr. Baker’s Communications Unit Leader experience includes federal team assignments, exercises, and interoperability planning. He also has experience in grant implementation, communications system design, interference mitigation, emergency operations center design, and public safety radio system design.

Mr. Baker earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical and electronic engineering, and a certificate in telecommunications management, from California State University-Sacramento, and a certificate in land use and environmental planning, from University of California-Davis. His licenses and certifications include Paramedic, Registered Electrical Engineer, FEMA Incident Command System Field Instructor, National Wildfire Coordinating Group COML, and U.S. DHS All-Hazards COML Instructor. He was director of the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, International, and a board member of National Public Safety Advisory Committee Region 6, and is a member of numerous other professional associations.

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Chris Celaya

Mr. Celaya is a Public Safety Technology Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he provides training to local, state, and tribal public safety agencies nationwide on communications interoperability issues.

Mr. Celaya has worked for more than 25 years for the El Paso (Texas) Fire Department, and is currently the Deputy Chief overseeing an emergency operations shift. He previously served as Administrative Lieutenant, providing technical expertise for the department’s communication needs, and as the Communications Division Chief, with overall planning and strategic responsibility of the department’s communication needs. He has used his Communications Unit Leader skills for many preplanned and all-hazard events, including hurricane evacuations. He is also a member of the City of El Paso Incident Management Team.

Mr. Celaya has been an instructor for the El Paso Fire Department since 1988 and part-time faculty for El Paso Community College since 1997, teaching various courses in the certification and degree programs. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Texas-El Paso.

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Billy Freeman

Mr. Freeman is a Public Safety Technology Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he provides training to local, state, and tribal public safety agencies nationwide on communications interoperability issues.

Mr. Freeman has more than 20 years’ experience in emergency response and as an urban search and rescue (US&R) communications specialist and Communications Unit Leader. He has worked for the Memphis (Tennessee) Fire Department since 1991, and is currently a Firefighter Lieutenant and communications technical advisor. He has been a Communications Specialist with the FEMA US&R Tennessee Task Force 1 since 1994, where he built the team’s communications cache.

Mr. Freeman has been involved in all aspects of US&R communications, with significant experience in training and course development. He was elected to the US&R Communications Work Group in 2001, has served as a member since, and was Work Group Chair in 2005–06. He is a Tennessee and DHS/FEMA-certified instructor and was Lead Instructor for nine FEMA US&R Communications Specialist courses and one workshop, and was selected to be a COML instructor for the US&R Incident Support Team course. He is also an All-Hazards COML, COMT, and COMT Train-the-Trainer (TtT) Instructor for the State of Tennessee and DHS Office of Emergency Communications; a communications subject-matter expert for Tennessee; and a member of the Tennessee Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) District 11 Interoperability Committee. He also helped develop a region-wide public safety communications earthquake disaster plan.

Mr. Freeman served in the U.S. Army for 8 years, assigned to a Communications Electronics Warfare Intelligence unit. During his public safety career, he has undertaken 10 US&R task force deployments as Communications Specialist and 9 US&R Incident Support Team deployments as a COML. He also has assisted in the complete rewrite of the current US&R Communications Specialist course, and helped OEC develop the new All-Hazards COMT and COMT TtT courses, which he currently teaches. He also participated in research and testing of new US&R cache radios, and field testing/evaluation of the radios at the task force level. He also holds an Amateur radio extra class license.

Mr. Freeman has a wide range of communications training, including courses in US&R Communications Specialist, US&R Incident Support Team, DHS OEC All-Hazards COML TtT, FEMA ICS 300 and 400, Type IV Incident Management Team, and NWCG COMT and COML courses and advanced geographic information system training relating to public safety.

Mr. Freeman is the Project Sponsor/Subject Matter Expert for a multi-million dollar project installing a mobile data computer system in all Memphis Fire Department equipment. The task entails determining specifications for equipment; computer setup and testing; network setup and testing; managing hardware and software installation; and developing end-user training.

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Tim Lenk

Mr. Lenk is a Public Safety Technology Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he provides training to local, state, and tribal public safety agencies nationwide on communications interoperability issues.

Mr. Lenk has more than 28 years’ experience planning, managing, and implementing countywide communications plans, systems, and equipment. He is Program Manager of the Communications Systems Division, Pierce County (Washington) Department of Emergency Management, where he is responsible for the public safety communications system and seven PSAP 9-1-1 systems in the county.

Mr. Lenk previously served as the Department’s Communication Division Supervisor for 10 years and as a Radio Communications Technician for 12 years. During this time, he was responsible for replacement, installation, upgrades, and repairs of Pierce County’s 11 communication sites, mobiles, portables, microwave links, repeaters, and towers, as well as new communication site construction. In 2007, the county’s enhanced 9-1-1 and communications divisions consolidated, expanding his responsibilities to include oversight of 9-1-1 call receiving equipment in the five county 9-1-1 centers.

Mr. Lenk developed Pierce County’s mobile operations program in 1999, which includes two mobile communication/command units, two mobile tower trailers, and a response team. Since then, this program has supported hundreds of search and rescue operations, wildland fires, special police operations, and multi-jurisdictional responses that provide on-scene interoperable communications. He is an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) manager during activations of the Pierce County EOC, and serves as a regional Incident Management Team Communications Unit Leader (COML).

Mr. Lenk has serves as a COML for the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Red Incident Support Team and FEMA US&R Washington Taskforce One, and is a Washington State All-Hazards COML. During nearly 21 years of involvement with US&R, he has been deployed to support the 1994 Northridge earthquake, 1996 Atlanta Olympics, World Trade Center disaster, and Hurricanes Katrina, Ernesto, Gustav, and Ike. He is a member and current vice chair of the FEMA National US&R Communication Workgroup and is a credentialed lead instructor for the National US&R Communications Specialist course.

Mr. Lenk also has served as a curriculum developer and instructor of the FEMA US&R Communication specialist course, and helped develop the DHS Office of Emergency Communications’ COMT course. He also developed and taught interoperable and emergency operations training courses at the local and regional levels.

Mr. Lenk is now managing the design and build-out of a new next generation communications system, which consists of an 18-site, three subsystem, two Intela-Repeater (IR) 700 MHz simulcast, trunked, P25 Phase II, TDMA communication system, and a 36 broadband, looped microwave system.

Mr. Lenk serves on the Washington State 9-1-1 Advisory Committee as a voting member representing the Washington State Association of Counties West. This committee assists the state on the policies of Enhanced 9-1-1 expenditures, Next Generation 9-1-1 statewide implementation, public education, 9-1-1 call receiver continuing education, 9-11 procedures, and statewide services to underfunded counties.

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Thomas Margetta

Mr. Margetta is a Public Safety Technology Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he provides training to local, state, and tribal public safety agencies nationwide on communications interoperability issues.

Mr. Margetta has more than 20 years field experience in law enforcement, fire, and EMS emergency communications, starting in 1991 as a paid-on-call firefighter and public safety officer in South Milwaukee (Wisconsin). From 1994–2013 he served in various capacities, such as Telecommunicator, Supervisor, Lead Supervisor, and 9-1-1 Communications Manager for the City of Boca Raton (Florida) Police Department (BRPD). He is now program coordinator and lead instructor at the Palm Beach State College 9-1-1 Public Safety Telecommunicator Academy, where he instructs students in emergency public safety services and helps prepare them to become certified in the field. He has written curricula for two other agencies to certify their training programs as well.

In 2006, Mr. Margetta served as Lead Representative for the City of Boca Raton as he spearheaded project management of the city’s effort to reconfigure radio frequencies and licenses in order to reduce radio interference problems caused by frequencies assigned to cell phones. He was instrumental in developing and designing all of the new codeplug templates for all radios in the city. In 2010, the BRPD awarded him with its Civilian of the Year award for his efforts, and as leader of the Project Radio City Team of the Year. Today, he is regarded as a subject matter expert on the 800MHz re-banding process.

Mr. Margetta is a member of numerous state and national public safety organizations, including the National Emergency Number Association (NENA); the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO); the Palm Beach County Training Committee; and the Palm Beach County 9-1-1 Emerging Technologies Committee, which he chairs. He serves on the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch Police Council of Standards and contributed to the creation of Emergency Police Dispatch protocol card #136 Active Assailant (Shooter), and provides software training on the Priority Dispatch ProQA and AQUA products. He also has experience in using interoperable radio communications plans for large-scale event development, including dignitary visits, sporting events, and presidential debates.

Mr. Margetta volunteers with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as an Alumni Ambassador, encouraging the use of the ANSI Call-Taking Standard and implementation of the Missing Kids Readiness Project PSAP Partner Program. He has developed presentations and training videos to further the reach of this important goal.

In 2012, Mr. Margetta founded APA Global, LLC, a focused public safety training and consulting company that administers the Cool Kids of 9-1-1 Facebook Fan Page, and organizes the South Florida Miniature Training Conference (Mini-C) every April in conjunction with National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week.

Mr. Margetta holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice, with a minor in political science, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Dick Miller

Mr. Miller is a Public Safety Technology Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he provides training to local, state, and tribal public safety agencies nationwide on communications interoperability issues.

Mr. Miller is a System Manager for the State of Ohio Multi-Agency Radio Communications System (MARCS). He retired as a Lieutenant from the Ohio State Highway Patrol after 27 years of service, which included experience as an instructor, as a communications expert, and as a hostage negotiator. He has also served as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, and is an All-Hazards COML and All-Hazards COML Trainer.

Mr. Miller’s instructional experience includes law enforcement, fire, and communications curricula. He is involved in Ohio statewide interoperable communications planning, exercise planning and evaluation, communications system planning and project management, construction, and maintenance. He served as a member of the practitioner working group that developed the All-Hazards COML course.

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Gary Parker

Mr. Parker is a Public Safety Technology Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he provides training to local, state, and tribal public safety agencies nationwide on communications interoperability issues.

Mr. Parker is a retired Battalion Chief/Program Manager for the Fort Worth (Texas) Fire Department and has 34 years of experience in many supervisory, management, and incident management positions. He also has been a Communications Unit Leader (COML) for Texas Task Force 1 (a State and FEMA Urban Search and Rescue [US&R] responder) for 17 years, and has a wide operational background in Fire/Rescue, Military, Aviation, US&R, and Wildland communications. He serves on FEMA’s Blue National Incident Support Team, where he is assigned as the Deputy COML.

Mr. Parker is serving his fourth 3-year appointment to the FEMA US&R Program’s Communications Work Group (a component of the FEMA National US&R Advisory Organization), where he has held the positions of Secretary and Vice Chair, and served 6 years as Chair. During his tenure, the Work Group dealt with many national-level communications issues, including the post-Katrina Incident review, the rewrite of the FEMA Communications Response Annex, and development and implementation of the FEMA MERS (Mobile Emergency Response System) Advanced Communications Specialist (ACOM) qualification process. He has taught and/or coordinated the US&R Communications Specialist course since 2001, and led development of the existing course in 2005.

During his career, Mr. Parker has worked numerous incidents as Command or General Staff. He has worked in various communications roles during ESF-9 incidents, including the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion (2013), and these Type I incidents/events (1998–2010): Hurricanes and Tropical Storms Earl, Alex, Ike, Gustav, Dean, Ernesto, Rita, Katrina, Ivan, Claudette, Fay, Bertha, Bret, and Frances; Haiti earthquake; Fargo, North Dakota, flood; Super Bowls XXXVIII and XLV; 2005 World Series; Winter Olympics XIX; and the Rodeo-Chediski Wildland Fire, Arizona.

His certifications include Executive Fire Officer, Certified Safety Professional, Registered Nurse, Commercial Pilot, Flight Instructor, and Extra Class Radio Operator and Examiner. In Texas, he is a certified Emergency Medical Technician, Master Firefighter, Haz-Mat Technician, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighter, and Instructor II. He has attended the complete National Fire Academy’s Command and Control, Training, and EMS series of courses; FEMA US&R Logistics Specialist, Communications Specialist, Advanced Communications Specialist, and Incident Support Team courses; the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s COMT, COML, and ICS 300 and 400 courses; and the DHS Office of Emergency Communications’ All Hazards COMT, COML, and COMT TtT courses and a COMX. He has earned degrees in fire science, nursing, and aviation.

He is a member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Communications Governance Committee and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. He has been a Technical Advisor to the Texas Radio Interoperability Committee, and serves on the National US&R Communications Work Group.

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Al Ruiz

Mr. Ruiz is a Public Safety Technology Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he provides training to local, state, and tribal public safety agencies nationwide on communications interoperability issues.

Mr. Ruiz is a 22-year veteran of the Los Angeles (California) City Fire Department (LAFD), and holds the rank of Fire Captain II/Paramedic. He is assigned as the department’s Communications Officer, and has management oversight of fire/law mutual aid communications with other surrounding cities and counties. He is also a member of the LAFD Incident Management Team as the All-Hazard COML. His responsibilities include researching the latest developments in emergency communication; coordinating the purchase, installation, and maintenance of all LAFD emergency communication equipment; developing and administering radio training to personnel; and establishing emergency incident and planned event communication plans, ensuring interoperability across public safety agencies.

Prior to his present assignment, Mr. Ruiz served as an Emergency Fire/Medical Dispatcher, Chief Officer Staff Assistant, Public Information Officer, Los Angeles World Airport Fire Captain, and Command Post Unit Leader.

Over his career, Mr. Ruiz has worked on the following large-scale emergency incidents and planned events: Michael Jackson Funeral Service (2009), Lakers Championship Celebration Parade (2009), Obama Presidential Visit (2009), Chatsworth Metrolink Train Derailment (2008), Marek Wildland Fire (2008), Academy Awards (2007–2008), Griffith Park Fire (2007), Los Angeles Marathon (2006–2009), Glendale Metrolink Train Derailment (2005), Democratic National Convention (2000), and Los Angeles Civil Unrest (1992).

Mr. Ruiz also is a participant in the FIRESCOPE, NIMS COML, California Interoperability Field Operations Guide (Cal-IFOG), and Tactical Interoperability Communications Plan (TICP) professional working groups. He served as a member of the practitioner working group that developed the All-Hazards COML course.

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Chris Suter

Mr. Suter is a Public Safety Technology Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he provides training to local, state, and tribal public safety agencies nationwide on communications interoperability issues.

Mr. Suter is a retired Communications Chief of the Contra Costa Fire Protection District (California), a position that involved dispatch and coordination responsibility for 16 northern California counties (Monterey to the Oregon border) for Fire Mutual Aid. He worked for more than 32 years in the San Ramon (California) Valley Fire Protection District, and rose to the rank of Deputy Fire Chief. His responsibilities included Technology, Communications Center, Support Services, Geographic Information Systems, and the Fire Prevention Bureau. He holds degrees in fire technology and business administration.

Mr. Suter is a certified and qualified S358 COML working on Type 1 fires and has also performed that function during numerous all-hazards events. He was assigned as the Incident Commander of the East Bay Incident Management Team (IMT), which was deployed to Hurricane Katrina, and he is certified as a Plans Chief and Logistics Chief. He served as a member of the practitioner working group that developed the All-Hazards COML and COMT courses, and he instructs ICS 300/400 and several IMT courses.

Among other projects, Mr. Suter managed the construction and remodel of several public safety answering points, including equipment and computer-aided dispatch selection. He serves on the technical advisory team for a large two-county P25 700MHz trunked system implementation, which includes over 45 separate governments and supports approximately 2.5 million citizens. He also sits on three NPSTC Broadband Committees: Policy and Procedure, Operations, and Equipment.

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Steve Webb

Mr. Webb is a Public Safety Technology Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he provides training to local, state, and tribal public safety agencies nationwide on communications interoperability issues.

He retired with the rank of Lieutenant from the Los Angeles County (California) Sheriff’s Department with more than 35 years of law enforcement assignments with strong operational experience in patrol, custody, motorcycle enforcement, communications, and project management. He has had hands-on supervisory and managerial experience under the Incident Command System during earthquakes, wildfires, civil disorders, and large-scale planned events.

Mr. Webb participated in the original organization of local, state, and federal agencies that was the foundation of the Los Angeles Regional Tactical Communications System (LARTCS)—and was involved in the planning that resulted in a united public safety concept system. He served as project manager for the build-out of the final phase of LARTCS, which provided interoperable voice communications for first responders across the UHF, VHF, 800, and other bands. Ultimately, the system provided a method to link the public safety communications for 12 southern California counties. LARTCS evolved into the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS), which includes a 25,000 subscriber P25 voice system, a conventional analog overlay, and a robust LTE component.

Mr. Webb served on the Region X Executive Board of the California Peace Officers Association, and has participated in such programs as SAFECOM; Wireless Communications Summits and “CommTec” Technical Working Group (for the National Institute of Justice); Office of Community Oriented Policing Services peer grant reviews; U.S. Department of Justice 10 Cities Project; as a working group member for the All-hazards COML Program; International Association of Chiefs of Police, Communications and Technology Committee; and the California Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, Southern Planning Area.

He has participated in creating the tactical interoperable communications plan for the Los Angeles UASI and the California Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan. He also delivers technical assistance on COML, COMT, COMUEX, and governance documentation for the DHS Office of Emergency Communications’ Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program.

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Dan Wills

Mr. Wills is a Public Safety Technology Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he provides training to local, state, and tribal public safety agencies nationwide on communications interoperability issues.

Mr. Wills has been a COML on a National Type I Incident Management Team (R-3) for seven years. During that time, he has worked on numerous large-scale incidents ranging from natural and man-made disasters to terrorism. He is also part of the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) Instructor Cadre for S-258 (COMT) and S-358 (COML).

As a Commissioner for the Arizona Public Safety Communications Commission, he is heavily involved in interoperability issues and training. Mr. Wills retired as Battalion Chief with the Sedona Fire District in northern Arizona and had served with the District for 26 years. He was previously an Officer with the Coconino and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Departments and the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He also was a Park Ranger with the National Park Service at Grand Canyon and Glen Canyon, and a Criminal Investigator at Yosemite National Park. He holds degrees in fire science and emergency medicine.

Mr. Wills is a past president of the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, International and is actively involved in frequency coordination. He served as a member of the practitioner working group that developed the All-Hazards COML course.

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Mike Worrell

Mr. Worrell is a Public Safety Technology Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he provides training to local, state, and tribal public safety agencies nationwide on communications interoperability issues.

Mr. Worrell is a Captain with the Phoenix (Arizona) Fire Department, where he has served since 1986. In this role, he has deployed as a National Wildfire Coordinating Group COMT for several large wildfires. He is a member of a FEMA/Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Team, Arizona Task Force-1, and FEMA/US&R Incident Support Team. For the past 22 years he has responded to many incidents of national significance and has provided communications support for the FEMA US&R system.

For the past 11 years, Mr. Worrell has served as a member of the instructor cadre for the FEMA/US&R Communications Specialist course and is a certified instructor through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress. He has written papers on trunked radio systems and their impact on fireground operations, and has worked with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on in-building radio coverage issues and digital radio testing. He co-authored Voice Radio Communications Guide for the Fire Service for the U.S. Fire Administration.

Mr. Worrell is a member of the Public Safety Advisory Committee to FirstNet. He represents the fire service on issues related to the build-out and implementation of the nationwide broadband system. He is also a member of the National Fire Protection Association 1802 standards committee that is developing the fire service standard for portable radios, and chairs its software features working group.

He serves as a governor-appointed Commissioner to the Arizona Public Safety Communications Commission, advising on issues related to interoperability in the state. He is also a member of the Arizona FirstNet working group, which is provides outreach and support for FirstNet within the state. He also serves on the Phoenix UASI Working Group, co-chairs the Phoenix UASI Interoperability Subcommittee, and has served as Vice-Chair of the FEMA US&R Communications Working Group.

Prior to joining the Phoenix Fire Department, Mr. Worrell was an Electronics Technician with the U.S. Navy and earned an associate’s degree in digital electronics from Hesser College.

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Ron Haraseth

Mr. Haraseth is a Public Safety Technology Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he provides training to local, state, and tribal public safety agencies nationwide on communications interoperability issues.

Mr. Haraseth has more than 37 years of experience in the public safety field. He previously worked for SEARCH from 2008–11, both as a full-time employee and as a consultant, providing technical assistance to public safety agencies nationwide in automated systems development, planning and integration of justice information systems, and communications interoperability. As such, he contributed to the development of the Communications Technician (COMT) training program sponsored by the DHS Office of Emergency Communications.

Previous to his work for SEARCH, Mr. Haraseth was a Project Manager for BearingPoint Management & Technology Consultants. There, he helped develop the Silicon Valley Radio Communications System Functional Requirements and developed an Internal Spectrum Planning Procedure, which allowed the company to better provide radio spectrum planning for clients.

Mr. Haraseth is a former Director of Automated Frequency Coordination, Inc. (AFC), a subsidiary of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, International (APCO). While at APCO-AFC, he provided spectrum and radio frequency outreach and served as an industry liaison, representing the association before the Federal Communications Commission, the Congress, and public forums and industry conferences.

Additionally, Mr. Haraseth has 27 years of experience working in various positions for the State of Montana, where he was responsible for administering its public safety communications program and was a member of a local volunteer Search and Rescue unit. He is a licensed FCC general radio operator and also holds his FCC amateur radio license. He is a member of APCO International, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council, and a Fellow member of the Radio Club of America.

Mr. Haraseth holds a certificate of completion in industrial electronics from the Helena Vocational/Technical School in Montana, and has completed coursework toward an associate degree in electronics at Northern Montana College.

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Becki R. Goggins

beckigogginsMs. Becki R. Goggins is Director of Law and Policy for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. She oversees SEARCH’s consulting practice in the areas of criminal history records, development of laws and policies concerning the use of justice information and protection of privacy, implementation of evidence-based practices, and the use of technology to improve justice information sharing. She manages a specialist team that researches and writes about issues that impact justice information management and policy, organizes conferences and workshops, establishes and supports national task forces, conducts surveys on issues pertinent to criminal record managers, provides policy assistance to justice stakeholders, and works collaboratively with governmental entities and other organizations to improve the quality of justice and public safety.

Before joining SEARCH in 2014, Ms. Goggins worked in the office of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on a statewide effort to reduce recidivism through improved information exchange between corrections agencies and mental health providers. She also led efforts at Alabama’s health insurance exchange to develop privacy and security policies governing sharing of sensitive health data, and oversaw efforts to implement interagency information exchanges across the state.

Ms. Goggins also served as Division Manager for Alabama’s Uniform Crime Reporting Division and Statistical Analysis Center, where she managed the state’s criminal history repository, crime reporting responsibilities, statistical analysis and research projects, and participated in national data-exchange initiatives, including N-DEx and the CONNECT project. Ms. Goggins frequently served as a peer technical assistance provider and consultant to information sharing projects across the country, sharing lessons learned from solving the same challenges in Alabama.

Prior to Ms. Goggins’ state government service, which began in 2004, she worked for 10 years as Research Director for The Sentencing Institute at Auburn University.

Ms. Goggins has a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Public Administration, both from Auburn University.

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