New State Representatives for Delaware and Montana Join SEARCH Membership
The governors of Delaware and Montana have appointed new state representatives to the SEARCH Membership Group. Both appointments were effective September 29, 2017:
- Delaware Governor John Carney appointed Ms. Lisa Seymour, Assistant Director of the State Bureau of Identification (SBI), Delaware State Police, to the SEARCH Membership. She replaces Ms. Renee Rigby as Delaware’s SEARCH appointee.
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock appointed Mr. Jason Bright Supervisor of the Criminal Records and Identification Services Section, Division of Criminal Investigation, Montana Department of Justice (DOJ). He replaces Ms. Eleanor Cooperider as Montana’s SEARCH Member.
Both of SEARCH’s newest Members are responsible for state-level criminal history information management.
The Delaware SBI is the state’s central repository for criminal history information; its functions include providing certified criminal history information to the public, maintaining the state’s sex offender registry, quality control of crime reporting, fingerprint exams, and facial biometric identification.
The Montana DOJ’s Criminal Records and Identification Services Section collects and stores criminal history information, provides fingerprint identification, and disseminates the information to law enforcement agencies and others lawfully entitled to receive it. Criminal records are used in a number of critical areas: issuing weapons permits; determining criminal sentences; completing background checks for public employment, licensing and volunteer purposes; making recommendations for parole and probation; and assisting prosecutors in criminal cases.
The section also manages the state Automated Biometric Identification System, which checks fingerprints from crime scenes and suspects against a database containing millions of prints.
SEARCH Members and Staff welcome Ms. Seymour and Mr. Bright to the SEARCH Membership.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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