SEARCH Welcomes New North Carolina Member

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Wendy Brinkley
SEARCH is pleased to announce that Ms. Wendy Brinkley, Special Agent in Charge, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, is North Carolina's new representative on the SEARCH Membership Group.

She was appointed to this post on May 15, 2009, by Governor Beverly Perdue.

Ms. Brinkley is the Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Information and Identification Section (CIIS), a position she has held since 2004. The CIIS provides help to the State Bureau of Identification, law enforcement, and citizens of North Carolina with background checks and identification.

As the central repository for criminal history information based on fingerprint identification, the CIIS operates the State Automated Fingerprint System (SAFIS), as well as trains, audits, and approves access to the DCI Network (DCIN), the North Carolina Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) network used to exchange criminal justice and law enforcement information. Assisted by the Department of Justice IT Division, the CIIS maintains and oversees the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry with information supplied by North Carolina sheriffs.

"Ms. Brinkley already has a history with SEARCH, having previously served as an Alternate Member. We're pleased to welcome her to the SEARCH Membership, and look forward to her 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.