New SEARCH Members Appointed in New York, Oklahoma and Maine
SEARCH is pleased to announce three new appointments to the SEARCH Membership Group:
- New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo appointed Mr. Joseph N. Morrissey to be the state’s representative on the SEARCH Membership Group, effective June 17, 2013. Mr. Morrissey works within the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) as Director of the Office of Criminal Justice Operations. The DCJS is a multi-function criminal justice support agency. Housed in the Division are the state’s criminal history fingerprint files. The core business function of the Office of Criminal Justice Operations is receiving, processing, and identifying criminal, civil, and crime scene fingerprints against a base file of more than 40 million fingerprint images.
- Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin appointed Mr. Dave Page to be the state’s representative on the SEARCH Membership Group, effective July 1, 2013. Mr. Page works within the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) as Director of the Information Services Division. The Division includes the Crime Data Collection and Analysis Unit, which serves the state’s Statistical Analysis Center (SAC). The Division manages the OSBI database of fingerprints and public requests for criminal history information; oversees icensing and regulation of concealed handgun permits; provides training to local law enforcement agencies; and is responsible for the collecting, analyzing, and disseminating criminal justice information.
- Maine Governor Paul R. LePage appointed Mr. Matthew Ruel to be the state’s representative on the SEARCH Membership Group, effective July 26, 2013. Mr. Ruel works within the Maine State Police as Director of the Maine State Bureau of Identification (SBI). The SBI operates the central repository for criminal history record information, managing the data through the entire justice process. The Bureau also manages the state’s component of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, administers and maintains the Sex Offender Registry, and collects and interprets crime statistics.
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 U.S. 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.
Co-author, Public Domain Drug Court Software: Functions and Utility
Author, Supporting the Drug Court Process: What You Need to Know for Effective Decisionmaking and Program Evaluation
Contributor, Report of the National Focus Group on Identity Theft Victimization and Criminal Record Repository Operations
Contributor, Report of the National Focus Group on the Criminal Record Backgrounding of America
Co-author: Complete Criminal Histories—A Key Measure of Integration Success
Co-author, DNA Forensics: Expanding Uses and Information Sharing
Co-author, Guide to Conducting Privacy Impact Assessments for State and Local Information Sharing Initiatives
Co-author, Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012
Organizer/Moderator: National conference, “Beyond the Technology: The Law & Policy Implications of Biometric Use,” 2002
Organizer/Moderator: national Criminal History Operations Workshop, 2004, 2006
Organizer/Moderator: Workshop on Expanding Access to Criminal History Information and Improving Criminal Record Backgrounding, 2007
Organizer/Moderator: National Instant Criminal Background Check System Improvement Amendments Act Conference, 2009
Presenter, National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council, 2010–2014
Presenter, FBI CJIS Advisory Policy Board, 2012–2014
FBI CJIS Identification Services Coordinating Group Criminal Justice Rap Back Committee
National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council Rap Back Task Force
FBI CJIS Division Disposition Reporting Task Force
FBI CMIS Advisory Policy Board Warrants Task Force
Joint Task Force on the Design and Utilization of an Interstate Criminal History Record
FBI work Group on the Implementation of the Brady Law
FBI National Fingerprint File Pilot Project Evaluation Group
National Focus Group on the Retention of Civil Fingerprints by Criminal Record Repositories
National Focus Group on Emergency Housing and Criminal Record Checks: The Hurricane Katrina Experience
National Task Force on Increasing the Utility of the Criminal History Record
Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative: Privacy and Information Quality Working Group, and Privacy and Technology Focus Group