Company Background

company-backgroundSEARCH: 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.

Questions? Contact us or download An Introduction to SEARCH .

H. Res. 851

In the House of Representatives, U. S.,

November 17, 2009.

Whereas the Department of Justice’s Law Enforcement Assistance
    Administration created SEARCH in 1969 as a 10-State
    project to demonstrate whether it was feasible to exchange
    criminal history records on an automated and nationwide

Whereas SEARCH not only demonstrated the feasibility of an
    automated nationwide system of sharing criminal records, but
    also, through partnership with the Department of Justice, the
    Federal Bureau of Investigation, State agencies and other
    organizations, helped to establish the national criminal history
    record information system;

Whereas SEARCH is a nonprofit organization created by and for
    the States, governed by a Membership Group comprised of
    one gubernatorial appointee from each of the States and

Whereas SEARCH’s guiding vision is to ensure ”Accurate and
    timely information, supported by well-deployed information
    and identification technology, enables the justice and public
    safety decision-maker to administer justice in a manner that
    promotes individual rights and public safety”;

Whereas SEARCH provides training and technical assistance to
    help the criminal justice community combat high-technology
    crimes, gather valuable information in investigations, and link
    the Nation’s law enforcement agencies through policy and
    technical solutions;

Whereas SEARCH helps agencies effectively implement
    information sharing technology to make accurate, more
    informed, immediate, and appropriately secured decisions
    about criminal justice and security issues, and to administer
    justice in an efficient and effective manner;

Whereas SEARCH has pioneered the development of both
    technology and policy solutions for justice implementation of
    biometric technologies, thereby enabling electronic
    fingerprints to become a rapid, reliable, and cost-effective
    identification authentication process and further supporting
    information sharing and collaboration among and between

Whereas SEARCH has made a profound contribution, working
    with the Department of Justice, to develop successive
    generations of privacy and security policies that are now
    reflected in both Department of Justice regulations and
    Federal legislation;

Whereas SEARCH has played a critical role in the development of
    systems such as the Interstate Identification Index (III), the
    National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS),
    commonly called the Brady check system, the National
    Fingerprint File (NFF), the Integrated Automated Fingerprint
    Identification System (IAFIS), and key standards for
    information sharing and interoperability, such as the National
    Information Exchange Model (NIEM);

Whereas SEARCH’s work with the Departments of Justice and
    Homeland Security helps the Nation’s justice and public
    safety communities plan, develop, implement, test, and
    manage interoperable communications solutions; and

Whereas SEARCH has had many accomplishments over its 40-
    year history to help practitioners in criminal justice, public
    safety, and first response use information to plan for, predict,
    prevent, and interdict criminal events, terrorism, and disasters:
    Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of
    Representatives recognizes and honors SEARCH, The
    National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, on
    the occasion of its 40th anniversary for accomplishments to
    promote information sharing and identification solutions for
    first responders and law enforcement officers, and for the
    protection of privacy and citizens’ rights.

Karen Lissy

Ms. Karen Lissy is a Justice Information Services Specialist for the Law and Policy Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. In this position, she provides assistance to state and local justice and public safety agencies to collect, curate, and use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data and computerized criminal history record (CCH/CHRI) information for policy analysis and development.

She also guides justice and related organizations in how to craft and implement laws, policies, practices, and technology applications to effectively collect and use CCH and related justice/public safety data; address legal, policy, and regulatory issues associated with CCH data; better manage and operate criminal justice information and identification systems; and develop security and privacy policies that protect justice information sharing systems.

Ms. Lissy has nearly two decades of research and data analysis experience, having led projects and tasks in support of two agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice), as well as the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple foundations, including Ford, Annie E. Casey, and Hewlett. Prior to joining SEARCH in October 2020, Ms. Lissy served as a Social Science Researcher at RTI International, as a regional Crime Analyst for the Redmond (WA) Police Department, and as Director of a research program with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Beginning in 2012, Ms. Lissy’s work has focused on improving data in law enforcement to answer policy questions and improve community/police relations.

Ms. Lissy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Mackay

Mr. Michael Mackay is an Information Sharing Developer for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. As part of the Software and Data Engineering Program (SDEP) team, he plans, develops, implements, and deploys information sharing systems on behalf of SEARCH clients in local, state, tribal, and Federal government settings. He also provides programming, configuration, and testing assistance, and consults on implementation architecture and design with clients. 

Mr. Mackay supports justice, public safety, and homeland security information sharing nationwide through SDEP services that include software architecture and systems design, application development, deployment and support, data management services, and direct technical assistance and training. These services offer capabilities that include federated query, authentication access/control, subscription/notification, process/workflow automation, data analysis, and more. 

Prior to joining SEARCH in 2021, Mr. Mackay worked as a Software Engineering Intern for TDM Business Toole Suite, where he provided software development support using Java frameworks, implemented relational database models using MySQL, and designed GUI components using NetBeans. 

Mr. Mackay will work in an Agile development environment, a methodology that SEARCH embraces that focuses on incremental development and delivery, collaboration in a team approach, and rapid and flexible response to change throughout the development cycle. 

Mr. Mackay earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Stony Brook University, New York.