New Director Selected to Lead SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Program

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David Bishop
SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, is pleased to announce the promotion of Mr. David Bishop to Director of our High-Tech Crime Training Services team.

Mr. Bishop 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.

"Dave Bishop first joined the SEARCH high-tech crime training services team last year, and we are pleased that he will now lead the team as Director," noted Deputy Executive Director Kelly Peters Harbitter.

"He has many years of investigative, training and information technology experience in the law enforcement environment and is committed to help justice and public safety agencies nationwide with critically needed cybercrime training and computer forensics assistance."

Mr. Bishop has 25 years' experience in law enforcement, and has led special incident and problem-oriented policing teams, and created a computer forensics unit in a local police department.

Before joining SEARCH in 2009 as a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist, Mr. Bishop served for 25 years with the Grass Valley (California) Police Department, where he established an entire information technology infrastructure within the agency. He was responsible for all elements of the effort, including IT implementation, configuration, training, administration and maintenance of the network environment. He also established a computer forensics unit within the department, and provided officer training focusing on computer forensics theory, methods, and evidence processing procedures. He was also a baton and impact weapon instructor and a member of the department's special incident team.

He has a bachelor's degree in degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University and an Associate of Arts in Administration of Justice from Sierra College. He possesses Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Supervisory certifications issued by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). He is also a member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), Northern California Chapter.

Mr. Bishop began his new position at SEARCH on March 10, 2010. He can be reached at 916-392-2550, ext. 253, or dbishop@search.org.

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.