Maury Mitchell Appointed as Alabama Representative to SEARCH

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Mr. Maury Mitchell, Director of the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC), was appointed to represent Alabama on the SEARCH Membership Group.

Alabama governor Robert Bentley made the appointment on December 7, 2011.

ACJIC is the state technology agency primarily responsible for providing timely and accurate mission-critical data services to state, local, and federal criminal justice agencies. Mr. Mitchell has led the ACJIC for 8 years, and was instrumental in creating the Law Enforcement Tactical System (LETS) and AlaCOP web portals. LETS is used daily by more than 13,000 law enforcement officers to query person, vehicle, event, and property information. The site is the Internet information portal for all law enforcement in Alabama.

In the late 1990s, he helped create the Alabama Law Enforcement Technology Alliance (ALETA), a grassroots organization of local and state law enforcement officials interested in applying technology and creating state standards for interagency collaboration. He is also past chairman and sits on the board of Justice Information Sharing Practitioners (JISP), a peer network for justice technology professionals; and its board represents the practitioner community in national policy forums.

The criminal justice information system (CJIS) portal in Alabama overseen by Mr. Mitchell is also part of the CONNECT consortium, a group of member government agencies that have created and deployed an information sharing environment based on Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative standards. Mr. Mitchell is the current Chairman of the CONNECT Board.

The states in the CONNECT consortium work together to "connect" their internal CJIS systems so an authorized user could obtain state and local information from across jurisdictional boundaries to better solve and prevent crimes in their home communities. Alabama was a founding consortium member, along with Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Consortium members established not only technical standards, but also governance, security and privacy policies—all leveraging Global standards and best practices.

Mr. Mitchell graduated from David Lipscomb University with a Computer Information Systems degree and from the University of Alabama with a law degree. Prior to joining ACJIC, he worked for 10 years in the Alabama Attorney General's Office as a Deputy Attorney General.

The SEARCH Membership Group, which governs SEARCH, is comprised of one gubernatorial appointee from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories, 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.