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11Sep2014

Iowa Governor Appoints Gerard Meyers to SEARCH Membership

Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad appointed Mr. Gerard F. Meyers to serve as Iowa’s representative on the SEARCH Membership Group, effective August 26, 2014.

Mr. Meyers is Assistant Director of the Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS). He oversees the division’s criminal history section, which includes fingerprints, records and information sharing systems.

Mr. Meyers replaces DPS official David Jobes, who had served as Iowa’s SEARCH Member from March 2011 to May 2014.

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26Aug2014

Becki Goggins to Join SEARCH as Law and Policy Director

Ms. Becki Goggins will join SEARCH’s team as Director of Law and Policy on September 15, 2014.

As Director of Law and Policy, Ms. Goggins will oversee SEARCH’s consulting practice in the areas of criminal history records, development of laws and policies concerning the use of justice information and protection of privacy, implementation of evidence-based practices, and the use of technology to improve justice information sharing.

Ms. Goggins has been working recently in the office of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on a statewide effort to reduce recidivism through improved information exchange between corrections agencies and mental health providers.

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22Aug2014

Newly Adopted Policy Statements Articulate SEARCH’s Core Values; Spotlight Key Justice Information Sharing & Management Issues

The SEARCH Membership Group, at its 2014 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City on July 29, adopted eight policy statements that articulate its core values, express the view of the States on key criminal justice information sharing and management issues, and offer a roadmap for how local, state, and federal governments can achieve progress in these important policy areas.

“In a nearly year-long effort, SEARCH Members strove to identify their most fundamental principles and refine these into single-issue statements,” said Mr.

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10Aug2014

SEARCH High-Tech Crime Trainers Offer Digital Evidence Expertise at Dallas Conference for Child Abuse Professionals

The SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services team will have a major presence at the 26th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, Texas, which features dozens of presentations, workshops, case studies and educational computer laboratories geared to child abuse professionals.

The event takes place August 11-14, 2014, and is presented by the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and the Dallas Police Department. It brings together practitioners in government and nonprofit agencies in the fields of law enforcement, child protective services, social work, children’s advocacy, therapy, and medicine that work directly with child victims of crime.

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05Aug2014

Photos from the 2014 Annual Membership Meeting

The evening of July 29, Members, Staff and Guests took a break from the business of the 2014 SEARCH Annual Meeting to enjoy a reception at the Sheraton Salt Lake City to recognize recipients of SEARCH’s annual awards:

the O.J. Hawkins Award, a practitioner honor that went to biometrics pioneer Peter T. Higgins, and
the Cooper Meritorious Service Award, a Membership honor that went to Mr. David Steingraber, a SEARCH Member At-Large and Senior Policy Advisor, National Criminal Justice Association.

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05Aug2014

Board Recognizes Members and Staff for Years of Service to SEARCH

On behalf of the SEARCH Board of Directors, Chairman Francis X. Aumand III recognized Members and Staff for their years of service to the organization, with significant length of service achieved in 2014. Chairman Aumand honored the following individuals during the SEARCH Membership Group’s annual meeting on July 29, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Member Anniversaries

10 Years

Mr. David Steingraber

Senior Policy Advisor
National Criminal Justice Association
(At-Large Member, and former State Member representing Wisconsin)

Mr.
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01Aug2014

SEARCH Membership Group Holds Board Elections; Gavel Passes as Brad Truitt Takes Over as New Chair

During SEARCH’s recent annual Membership Group meeting held July 29-30, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah, SEARCH Members held elections for the Board of Directors.

Newly elected Board officers include:

Mr. Brad Truitt, Director of Information Systems, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (Chair)
Ms. Natalie A. Chrastil, Ph.D., Deputy Director CJIS, Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (Vice Chair)

Newly elected Board directors include:

Ms. Julie Butler, Administrator, General Services Division, Nevada Department of Public Safety
Mr.

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21Jul2014

Technical Assistance Available for Public Safety & Emergency Communications Agencies

Public safety and emergency communications agencies that need help tackling their information sharing and technology integration challenges can get specialized assistance from SEARCH.

Under funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, SEARCH provides this assistance at no direct cost to agencies. As a BJA Training and Technical Assistance provider, SEARCH helps justice practitioners effectively use policy, strategy, and technology for justice information sharing.

What agencies qualify for assistance?

Local, regional, state, tribal, and territorial public safety and emergency communications agencies nationwide with information sharing and technology integration challenges.

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22May2014

SEARCH Visionary Bob Marx: 1936–2014

Robert L. Marx, who spent the bulk of his career working for SEARCH and who was a significant leadership presence in the earliest days of Project SEARCH, passed away May 2, 2014, in Sunnyvale, California, after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Mary Helen, five children, and eight grandchildren.

Bob retired in January 2000 as a Senior System Specialist, and the SEARCH Board honored him later that year with the O.J. Hawkins Award, our highest practitioner honor.

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15May2014

Maury Mitchell Appointed to SEARCH Board of Directors

Mr. Maury Mitchell, who has served as Alabama’s representative on the SEARCH Membership Group since 2011, was appointed to the SEARCH Board of Directors May 8.

Mr. Mitchell is Director of the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center.

He fills a vacancy on the 15-member Board created by the departure of Mr. David Jobes, the SEARCH Membership’s Iowa representative. Mr. Jobes resigned from the Membership Group earlier this month after taking a new position within the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

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