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

Brad Truitt

Natalie Chrastil
(Vice 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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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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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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Maury Mitchell Appointed to SEARCH Board of Directors

Maury Mitchell

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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Indiana Governor Appoints Captain Michael White to SEARCH Membership Group

Michael White

Indiana Governor Michael R. Pence appointed Captain Michael White to serve as Indiana’s representative on the SEARCH Membership Group, effective April 8, 2014.

Captain White is the Assistant Chief of Staff, Communications and Information Systems, for the Indiana State Police. He is also Commander of the Records Division, which gathers, maintains and disseminates criminal history data on individuals arrested within the state. As the department’s central repository, the division is responsible for firearms licensing, maintaining vehicle crash records, and processing criminal background checks.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Hosts Conference to Focus on Seizure and Analysis of Digital Evidence

The SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services team will be an integral part of the 2014 National Cyber Crime Conference, which takes place April 28–30 in Norwood, Massachusetts. The event is hosted by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and is the only national conference of its kind to restrict attendance to national and international law enforcement agencies.

Law enforcement agencies face a continual struggle to keep up with changes in technology. For instance, often investigators don’t hear about a new piece of technology like a new chatting or picture-sharing app until it comes to them in a case.

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Summit on Child Abuse and Family Violence Will Target Collaboration as Key to Investigations

The SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services team is gearing up to present at the 2014 Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit, April 22-25 in Portland, Oregon. The event is hosted by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Child Abuse Team and the Domestic Violence Enhanced Team (DVERT).

Known simply as the Summit, this event will bring together professionals working in the areas of investigations, interviewing, assessment, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. This multidisciplinary event is focused on collaboration and it will give these practitioners an opportunity to broaden their professional knowledge and gain an increased understanding of other agencies’ roles and responsibilities. 

Justin Fitzsimmons, High-Tech Crime Training Services Program Manager, and Lauren Wagner and Elizabeth Tow, High-Tech Crime Training Specialists, will present on these topics:

Digital Evidence in Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Cases Digital Evidence in Child Abuse Cases: Authentication, Hearsay and Best Evidence Rules Social Media Investigations: Searching Profiles, Saving Data, and Addressing Legal Considerations Becoming a Google Jedi: Save Yourself from Information Overload Investigative USB Apps I’m pleased that we have this opportunity to speak at the Summit on Child Abuse and Family Violence in Oregon.
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SEARCH High-Tech Crime Trainers Focus on Using Technology to Investigate Crimes Against Women

Every day in the U.S., more than three women are murdered by their intimate partners. Each year, over three million children witness violence in their home. More than one in three women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 

The stories behind these disturbing numbers will be the focus of the 2014 Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW), which will be held March 31–April 2 in Dallas, Texas. The event is presented by Genesis Women’s Shelter and the Dallas Police Department, and will provide relevant and timely training to those who respond to, investigate and prosecute crimes against women. 

The annual CCAW began in 2006.

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BJS Seeks Candidates for Justice Statistics Policy Analyst Positions

The Bureau of Justice Statistics, in the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking to fill up to two Grants Management Specialist (GS-1109/11/12) positions. The positions function as a Justice Statistics Policy Analyst and perform a variety of grants management and analytical functions in the Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program unit. This unit administers the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP), the NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP), and the State Justice Statistics program for state Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs). 

Through these programs and other efforts, BJS provides technical and financial support to state governments in developing capabilities in criminal justice statistics and improving their criminal history records and information systems.

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BJA Announces Job Openings

The Bureau of Justice Assistance, in the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice, has announced the following vacancies. Applications for these positions are processed through an on-line applicant assessment system specifically configured for OJP applicants. The vacancy announcements for these positions are open to April 3, 2014. 

BJA funds and provides technical assistance to state, tribal and local criminal justice agencies. 

Job Title: Program Analyst

Series/Grade: GS-343-13
Job Announcement #: JP-14-033
Position supports the planning/development of criminal justice strategies/programs emphasizing the use of research/data; develops/manages solicitations; monitors training/technical assistance deliverables; and fosters partnerships with the field.

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