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19Jul2017

Dana Gotz is Newest SEARCH Member Representing Minnesota

By SEARCH

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton appointed Ms. Dana Gotz to serve as the state’s representative on the SEARCH Membership Group, effective July 19, 2017.

Ms. Gotz is Deputy Superintendent, Justice Information Services, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

The BCA’s Minnesota Justice Information Services, or MNJIS, facilitates the access to and exchange of information between sources of criminal justice data. MNJIS also provides technology, training and services for Minnesota criminal justice agencies, better enabling their use of criminal justice information to solve crimes, prosecute offenders, and protect citizens.

MNJIS provides many public services, including fingerprinting, questioned identity assistance, identity theft information for victims and law enforcement, and a computerized criminal history database.

Ms. Gotz replaces Mr. Oded Galili as Minnesota’s SEARCH appointee.

The SEARCH Membership Group, which governs SEARCH, is comprised of one gubernatorial appointee from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories, as well as eight at-large appointees selected by SEARCH’s Chair. This national body of state-level professionals is widely representative of the various disciplines within the justice system, and many are responsible for operational decisions and policymaking concerning the management of criminal justice information, particularly criminal history information. The Membership Group fosters cooperation and communication among justice system professionals in identifying and implementing solutions to common problems.
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