SEARCH is governed by a Membership Group that includes one gubernatorial appointee from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories. Members are primarily state-level justice officials responsible for operational decisions and policy on managing criminal justice and criminal history information, and related identification and telecommunications technology. The SEARCH Chair also selects eight At-large Members from government, organizations and academia. They provide a balanced representation of justice disciplines and bring special expertise and broad perspective to the Group. Learn more
The SEARCH Membership meets twice a year to discuss and strategize on key policy, operational and technical issues that impact the information sharing/management responsibilities of local, state and tribal justice and public safety agencies. They then speak as a consensus voice of the States on those issues, through policy statements and resolutions that bring state concerns to national attention.
The Membership also—
- provides valuable feedback on Federal initiatives
- works with the states to implement national programs
- identifies practical solutions to common justice information sharing challenges—which SEARCH Staff then implement at the Membership’s direction and oversight.
A 15-member Board of Directors is elected by, and leads, the SEARCH Membership Group.