SEARCH Welcomes New California Member

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Linda Denly
SEARCH is pleased to welcome a new California representative to its Membership Group—Ms. Linda Denly. She was appointed to the SEARCH Membership by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on December 13, 2010.

Since 2009, Ms. Denly has served as Chief of the California Department of Justice's Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigative Services. The bureau is a unit within the department's California Justice Information Services division, which provides criminal justice intelligence, identification, information and technology services to law enforcement, regulatory agencies and the public.

In this position, she leads several programs, including the Cal-ID AFIS and Latent Print Program, the Violent Crime Information Center (which includes Missing Persons and the Sex Offender Registry), the Command Center (the call center for law enforcement database and services support), and the Client Services Program, which provides training, audits and inspections to local law enforcement and applicant agencies.

SEARCH Executive Director Ron Hawley stated that Ms. Denly's focus on developing an enterprise architecture model to support statewide information sharing initiatives that leverage resources and technology solutions complements the work of SEARCH.

He stated, "I'm very pleased about Linda's appointment to the Membership Group. She has served as an alternate Member and has already joined us for a few meetings so she is familiar with how things work. In fact, she's already going to be a presenter at the upcoming Membership Group meeting [being held January 25-27, 2011, in Arlington, Virginia]."

He continued, "I appreciate Linda's enthusiasm and passion and look forward to having California well-represented on the SEARCH Membership Group."

Ms. Denly also is a member of the Boards of Directors for the Western Identification Network and the Automated Fingerprint Identification System Internet.

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.