SEARCH Welcomes New Alabama Member

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William D. Eller
SEARCH is pleased to announce that Lieutenant William D. Eller, Commander of the Alabama Fusion Center, Bureau of Investigation, Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS), is Alabama's new representative on the SEARCH Membership Group.

He was appointed to this post on June 25, 2008, by Governor Robert (Bob) Riley.

Lt. Eller has been with DPS since 1985, and he has served as Commander of the Alabama Fusion Center since its inception in February 2007. The Center's primary goal is to "detect, prevent, and respond to terrorism and crime." In this position, he works daily with the Alabama Department of Homeland Security and the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center. He maintains a situational awareness with the FBI Field Intelligence Groups and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Joint Terrorism Task Forces in Birmingham, Montgomery, and Mobile, and the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

He was previously assigned to the Standards and Integrity Unit (SIU) where he served as the Assistant Commander of the DPS's internal affairs unit. Prior to his reassignment to the SIU, he served as a Sergeant for the Highway Patrol Division headquarters staff, where he served as the Administrative Assistant to the Division Chief.

Lt. Eller is associated with the Alabama State Trooper Association; Alabama State Police Association; Police Benevolent Association; Homeland Security State and Local Intelligence Community of Interest (HSIN SLIC); and Southern Shield.

"We're pleased to welcome Lt. Eller to the SEARCH Membership, and look forward to his valuable expertise and participation," said Mr. Ronald P. Hawley, SEARCH Executive Director.

The SEARCH Membership Group, which governs SEARCH, is comprised of one gubernatorial appointee from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as eight at-large appointees selected by SEARCH's Chair. This national body of state-level professionals is widely representative of the various disciplines within the justice system, and many are responsible for operational decisions and policymaking concerning the management of criminal justice information, particularly criminal history information. The Membership Group fosters cooperation and communication among justice system professionals in identifying and implementing solutions to common problems.