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Beth Owens to Represent Ohio on SEARCH Membership Group


SEARCH is pleased to welcome a new gubernatorial appointee to our Membership Group, representing the State of Ohio: Ms. Beth Owens, Director of Identification, Bureau of Identification & Investigation, Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

She was appointed May 17, 2019, to the SEARCH Membership by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. She replaces Rickeya Franklin, who had served as Ohio’s SEARCH Member since 2013 and had also served on the SEARCH Board of Directors.

The Identification Division serves as the central repository for all criminal records for Ohio and maintains fingerprints, palm prints, photographs, and other information related to arrests within the states. The division includes the criminal records unit, which processes criminal arrest and disposition transactions; the civilian unit, which process more than 1 million fingerprint background check requests annually; the quality assurance unit, which checks the completeness and accuracy of Ohio’s computerized criminal history database and trains law enforcement agencies on Ohio laws related to criminal history reporting; and the fingerprint unit, which verifies all incoming civilian and criminal fingerprint transactions using the Ohio automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS).

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.
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