National Criminal Justice Icon Retires from SEARCH

At the July 2014 Annual SEARCH Membership Group Meeting, then-Chair Francis X. Aumand III (left) presents a clock to Mr. Owen Greenspan in recognition of his retirement and decades of service to SEARCH.

On September 30, 2014, Owen Greenspan, an authority for all things criminal history, is retiring from SEARCH. He’s ending a 50-year career in law enforcement, criminal history records management and policy-making that began as a teenage recruit for the New York City Police Department.

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NICS, NIEM, PSBN and More: SEARCH Staff Presents on a Range of Topics at 32nd Annual NAJIS Conference

National Association of Justice Information Systems (NAJIS)
An organization of individuals responsible for acquiring, operating, and managing local, state and federal criminal justice information systems.

SEARCH staff with expertise in law and policy, information sharing, national standards, public safety communications and social media investigations are presenting at the 32nd Annual NAJIS Conference in Salt Lake City September 23–25, 2014.

NAJIS conferences are geared to educate and demonstrate best practices for justice information system implementation and business process flow.

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

By Twyla Putt

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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