U.S. House of Representatives recognizes SEARCH's 40 years of Service to justice and public safety!

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Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui recently presented SEARCH Chairman Francis "Paco" Aumand III with House Resolution 851, which honors SEARCH's four decades of contributions to justice and public safety nationally, including "for accomplishments to promote information sharing and identification solutions for first responders and law enforcement officers, and for the protection of privacy and citizens' rights."

The presentation took place during an evening reception in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, November 17, 2009, at which SEARCH Members, Staff, Federal and agency partners, honored guests from the House and Senate, and others were celebrating the 40th anniversary of SEARCH.


The Honorable Doris O. Matsui presents SEARCH Chairman Francis X. Aumand III with H.Res. 851 at a reception in Washington, D.C., November 17, 2009.
The reception was held in conjunction with SEARCH's 2009 Annual Membership Group Meeting, and also featured presentation of SEARCH's top honor, the 2009 O.J. Hawkins Award.

Consistent with SEARCH's long-standing record of timely action, the resolution sponsored by Congresswoman Matsui passed the House via voice vote on the very day SEARCH was celebrating its 40 years of history in the nation's capitol!

The resolution sponsor, Congresswoman Matsui (D-CA), represents California's 5th congressional district, where SEARCH's Sacramento headquarters are located. The resolution was cosponsored by Congressman Steven R. Rothman (D, NJ-9).

"SEARCH has made an incredible contribution to our criminal justice system," Congresswoman Matsui said on the House floor during consideration of this legislation. "SEARCH has proven itself as an effective partner in helping not only to solve crimes that have already occurred, but also working to reduce the number of crimes committed in our neighborhoods."

Rep. Matsui noted that SEARCH began in 1969 as a ten-state project to demonstrate whether it was feasible to exchange criminal history records on an automated and nationwide basis. Over the years, SEARCH has aided in the establishment of a national criminal history record information system, collaborating with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and various State agencies.

(Read the text of H.Res. 851 for the other SEARCH accomplishments recognized in the House resolution)

SEARCH is a nonprofit organization comprised of 50 Members, appointed by each State's Governor; at-large Members appointed by the SEARCH Chair; a Board of Directors; and a full-time staff. Through conducting research, developing models and standards, providing technical assistance, and training law enforcement at the Sacramento facility and at locations nationwide, SEARCH has become a leader in assisting members of the law enforcement community, especially with respect to high-technology crime.

"Sacramentans are honored to have SEARCH based in our community, but all Americans can appreciate their unwavering commitment to ensuring our safety and the safety of our children in communities across the country is impressive," said Congresswoman Matsui. "Over the past 40 years, SEARCH has dedicated itself to improving justice and public safety."

Congresswoman Matsui was also a guest at a 40th anniversary celebration that SEARCH held in Sacramento in April 2009.