New Staff Joins SEARCH S&T Team

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SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, is pleased to announce that Mr. Mo West will join the Systems and Technology Program team as a Justice Information Systems Specialist on November 1, 2008.

For the past several years, Mr. West has served as a policy analyst for the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance and the Program Manager for Washington State’s Justice Information Network (JIN). In Wisconsin, Mr. West 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. In Washington, Mr. West has overseen 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 National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) as the basis for statewide information sharing, and incorporated justice performance measures into the state’s government accountability initiative.

"Mo has long been a friend of SEARCH, and we are delighted that he will be joining our efforts to help justice practitioners nationwide plan, govern, and implement their information sharing initiatives," said Scott Came, Director of Systems and Technology. "Mo has consistently demonstrated the kind of leadership ability that is critical to the success of integrated justice projects. We’re excited that he will now be able to share his expertise with SEARCH’s clients."