SEARCH Chair Appoints Justice Technologist Daniel Foro to Membership Group

Mr. Francis X. Aumand III, Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Safety and SEARCH Chair, has appointed Mr. Daniel M. Foro to the SEARCH Membership Group in an At-Large position. 

His appointment is effective March 7, 2014. 

Mr. Foro is Senior Advisor to the New York State Sheriffs Association Institute, where he helps provide education and training for Sheriffs and their staff. The Institute also serves as a liaison between the general public and the Sheriffs, and it operates the Sheriff’s Victim Notification Service and a summer camp for children. 

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Four SEARCH Members Serving on Security Clearance Task Force

Four governor appointees on the SEARCH Membership Group are serving on the Security Clearance Task Force, which was established in the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Congress passed and the president signed the NDAA into law in late December 2013. 

The task force is examining the process for security clearances, in particular analyzing obstacles to background investigators and clearance adjudicators who access needed data stored in state and local records.  The impetus for forming the task force was due, in large part, to discoveries about the security clearance process that came to light following the Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter cases. 

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SEARCH Holds March 11 Congressional Briefing on Criminal History Records

Congressional staff from both the House and Senate attended SEARCH briefings held March 11 on Capitol Hill to learn more about criminal history records and their use for noncriminal justice and civil purposes. 

The briefing held in the House of Representatives was hosted by the House Judiciary Committee and in the Senate, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) was the honorary co-host. Three SEARCH governor-appointees to the SEARCH Membership, SEARCH staff, and two FBI officials participated in the panel sessions. 

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SEARCH Offers Advanced Skills as a Training Partner at Four Internet Crimes Against Children Regional Trainings

As a training partner for the national ICAC Task Force Program, SEARCH staff is presenting at four regional law enforcement training events in 2014, which are geared to law enforcement and social services professionals who work to protect children from online exploitation. 

Each three-day training event consists of lecture tracks and hands-on computer laboratory workshops. SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services staff has helped to develop training curriculum for these events and will deliver lectures and workshops at all four locations. 

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Feds Publish Comprehensive Report on the Status of State Criminal History Record Systems and Repositories

Every two years since 1989, SEARCH has worked with the Bureau of Justice Statistics to survey the state central repositories of criminal history records for an in-depth look into their systems and operations. 

The most recent survey report, Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems, 2012, was recently released. In it, authors Owen Greenspan and Dennis DeBacco of SEARCH offer readers a glimpse into the kinds of information stored in these systems, and how it’s disseminated and used. 

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SEARCH Trainers to Address Child Advocates on Technology’s Role in Child Abuse Investigations

When it comes to child abuse response, child advocacy centers (CACs) bring together law enforcement, criminal justice, child protective service, and medical and mental health workers onto one coordinated team. There are over 800 CACs operating in the United States and they are found in more than 10 countries worldwide.

SEARCH Staff with expertise in digital evidence investigations and child abuse prosecution will address CAC practitioners at the 5th Annual Champions of Children Conference on March 10–11, 2014, in Bloomingdale, Illinois.

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Nevada Governor Appoints DPS Official to SEARCH Membership

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has appointed Ms. Julie Butler to serve as the state’s representative on the SEARCH Membership Group, effective February 12, 2014. 

Ms. Butler is Administrator of the General Services Division in the Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS). The Division is responsible for operating the state’s repository of criminal history records, as well as its Brady point-of-sale firearms background check program, sex offender registry, Uniform Crime Reporting program, and more. The Division is the liaison between the State of Nevada and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for fingerprint submissions required by State or Federal law for employment or licensing. 

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Justice Policy Visionary David Steingraber Selected for SEARCH’s 2014 Cooper Award

Mr. David Steingraber, considered a visionary and national leader of policy development in justice information sharing initiatives, is this year’s Gary R. Cooper Meritorious Service Award honoree.

The SEARCH Board of Directors selected Mr. Steingraber for the Award, citing his many contributions to the SEARCH Membership Group in particular and to the justice community in general.   

 Mr. Steingraber is an At-Large Member of SEARCH and serves on its Board. The Cooper Award is given annually and is SEARCH’s top Membership honor.

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Biometrics Expert Peter Higgins to Receive SEARCH’s Highest Practitioner Honor

The SEARCH Board of Directors chose long-time biometrics expert Peter T. Higgins to receive the 2014 O.J. Hawkins Award for Innovative Leadership and Outstanding Contributions in Criminal Justice Information Systems, Policy and Statistics—SEARCH’s highest practitioner honor.

Mr. Higgins is a long-time leader in the biometrics field, and works as a consultant, lecturer and author helping government agencies find and acquire biometric systems that are standards-based and appropriate to their needs. His work takes him all over the globe, and has been used to help national police services in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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SEARCH Trainers to Show Tools for Seizing and Searching Digital Evidence at International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment

SEARCH is getting ready to participate in the 28th annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment. The six-day event is presented by the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego and takes place January 26-31, 2014.

Over 1,800 practitioners are expected to attend the event, and they will be offered workshops and training that focus on best practices for investigating child and family physical and sexual violence.

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