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

SEARCH’s High-Tech Crime Training Services team received the Sponsors Award August 11 for our support of the 2014 Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas. From left: Don Lewis, Elizabeth Tow, and Justin Fitzsimmons, SEARCH; Mr. Lynn M. Davis, President and CEO, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center; and Christopher Armstrong, Lauren Wagner, and James Williams, SEARCH. The event drew 3,600 child abuse professionals from 35 countries.

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.

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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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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)

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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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