Law and Policy



SEARCH's Law and Policy Program improves public safety by helping develop responsible justice information management laws, policies and procedures. This is accomplished through research and projects that examine emerging trends and issues that have the potential to impact the collection, maintenance and exchange of justice information.

To achieve program initiatives, the Law and Policy Program endeavors to:

  • Monitor and inform policymakers on developments in justice information management.
  • Assist in establishing policies that promote balance between societal interests and individual rights.
  • Provide policymakers with resources to support the adoption of effective information management policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Assist operational staff in day-to-day decisionmaking.
  • Develop resources to improve state participation in the National Fingerprint File, the National Sex Offender Registry, and other national efforts.

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