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 50 years of experience supporting the information sharing, interoperability, communications, information technology, high-tech crime investigative and criminal records systems needs of State, local and tribal justice and public safety agencies and practitioners nationwide.
Information — and the ability to access and share it when needed — is the lifeblood of justice and public safety systems in the U.S. SEARCH leads efforts to facilitate information sharing and communication solutions that help State, local and tribal agencies better predict, prevent, respond to and recover from criminal activity, natural disasters, terrorist and all hazard type events. SEARCH also focuses on protecting the privacy and civil liberties of individuals whose data and information is the subject of the electronic information sharing environment.
Better information delivered more quickly means better decisions, and better decisions equal enhanced public safety — whether it’s a patrol officer checking a suspect’s criminal history, a judge making a bail decision, or first responders from multiple jurisdictions who need to communicate voice and data during critical events.
Through tailored policy, operational and technical assistance, hands-on training, online resources and tools, and the use of national data sharing models and standards that we helped develop, SEARCH helps State, local and tribal organizations achieve information sharing and mission-critical communications (voice and data) capabilities.
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.