SEARCH: Supporting Justice Information Sharing Since 1969
SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, is a nonprofit organization governed by a Membership Group of governor appointees from the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the territories.
SEARCH has 53 years of experience supporting the information sharing, information technology, cybercrime investigative and digital forensics, and criminal records systems needs of State, local and tribal justice and public safety agencies and practitioners nationwide.
SEARCH’s Purpose is to:
- Improve the administration of justice through the effective application and responsible deployment of information and identification technologies.
- Develop and promote constitutionally balanced and effective law and policy governing the use and management of justice information and identification technologies.
- Enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of decision-making and information management through policy analysis, training, technical assistance, and systems development.
- Inform and improve policy and practice in the administration of justice through evidence-based research and data.
Funding for SEARCH activities is provided by annual fees from Member States for the operation of the consortium and Board of Directors; grants from various federal agencies; state grants; and federal, state and local contracts.