SEARCH Announces New Director to Lead its High-Tech Crime Training Program

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SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, is pleased to announce that we have hired Mr. Richard A. Harris, Jr., as Director of our High-Tech Crime Training Services team.

Mr. Harris will oversee a national program that provides expert technical assistance and training to local, state, and federal justice and public safety agencies on successfully conducting high-technology computer crimes investigations. Courses provided by SEARCH's team of certified computer crimes investigators and information systems security professionals 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 team also provides hands-on assistance in systems security and computer forensics.

"SEARCH is pleased to welcome Rich Harris to lead our high-tech crime training services team," said Deputy Executive Director Kelly J. Harris. "His many years of investigative, training and teaching experience, combined with his executive team management skills, are impressive. We look forward to continuing to successfully meet the needs of justice and public safety agencies nationwide for cybercrime training and computer forensics assistance. Meanwhile, Rich's leadership and experience will also help us grow this important program so that we can meet the demand for these services even more broadly."

Mr. Harris has nearly 30 years' experience in law enforcement investigations and executive management of investigative teams at the state and local agency levels. Most recently, he served as Chief Investigator for the Sacramento County (California) Department of Human Assistance, where he was executive manager of the Investigations Division, comprised of 115 personnel who function as the law enforcement arm of the department. He managed all aspects of the division, including administering its $12 million annual budget.

He also was a Supervising Criminal Investigator (Lieutenant) for the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, supervising a team of criminal investigators in the homicide, major narcotics, asset forfeiture, gangs, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assaults and felonies units. He was Commander of the Special Response Team, Firearms Training Coordinator, and Workplace Violence Officer, and was responsible for orientation, training, and coaching new criminal investigators.

In other positions, Mr. Harris:

  • served as a Supervising Fraud Investigator II for the California Department of Insurance, Fraud Division, where he was extensively involved in developing a statewide training program for all personnel. Especially crucial in this project was the implementation of statutorily mandated officer safety training for the division's 145 peace officers. Under his leadership, an extensive curriculum was developed and a formalized firearms training program was implemented in all eight division offices. He served as a mentor and coach for firearms instructors throughout the state.

  • was a Special Agent Supervisor for the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, where he was Commander of a multijurisdictional drug task force, reporting directly to a governing board of 10 agency department heads. He was also the Asset Forfeiture Program Coordinator, where he coauthored and implemented a policy and procedures manual that provided detailed guidelines for the seizure and forfeiture of illicit drug proceeds.

  • was a police officer with the Yuba City Police Department, where he was a detective and investigator, SWAT Team Commander and Field Training Officer, among other duties.

Mr. Harris is an Adjunct Faculty Member for colleges and universities in the Sacramento area, including the University of California, Davis, and has instructed courses on search warrants, report writing, use of force, firearms, surveillance, and other criminal justice topics.

He has a master's degree in Management from National University and a bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Phoenix. He possesses Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, Management, and Executive certifications issued by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

He is also a Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS) and is Chair of the Board of Regents for the Association of Certified Fraud Specialists (ACFS).

Mr. Harris starts his position at SEARCH on September 1, 2008. He can be reached at 916-392-2550, ext. 263, or .

SEARCH is a nonprofit membership organization created by and for the states. It has nearly 40 years of experience supporting the information sharing, interoperability, information technology, cybercrime and criminal records needs of justice and public safety agencies and practitioners nationwide. For more background, see SEARCH Training services.