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SEARCH Welcomes New North Carolina, Alaska Members


SEARCH welcomes two new governor appointees to its Membership Group:


    Wyatt Pettengill

  • Wyatt Pettengill, Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Information and Identification Section (CIIS), North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, was appointed by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory effective January 20, 2016.

    The CIIS provides background checks and identification services, and operates crime reporting programs for criminal statistics. It is the central repository for criminal history information based on fingerprint identification, and exchanges criminal justice and law enforcement information within North Carolina and nationally, and oversees the state’s sex offender registry.


    Kathryn Monfreda

  • Kathryn Monfreda, Acting Director, Division of Statewide Services, Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS), was appointed by Alaska Governor Bill Walker effective January 26, 2016.

    The Division consists of the Criminal Records and Identification Bureau, which maintains Alaska’s criminal history records and fingerprint identification data; and Information Systems, which develops and maintains the computerized resources of DPS, such as its public safety information network that track arrests, criminal histories, warrants, missing persons, stolen property and more for law enforcement purposes.

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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