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Capt. Rusty Clark is Mississippi’s New SEARCH Member

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Captain Rusty Clark is Mississippi’s new state representative on the SEARCH Membership Group. He is Director of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Information Center (CIC), and was appointed on September 21, 2021, by Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves.

The CIC is responsible for communicating vital information relating to crimes, criminals, and criminal activity, and is the state’s primary conduit for information exchange with the FBI’s National Crime Information Center system, other national data exchanges, and in-state law enforcement information exchange. The CIC maintains Mississippi’s criminal records repository and provides fingerprint-based identification services to law enforcement and other criminal justice entities statewide and nationally.

CIC units include:

  • Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) Intelligence Analysis
  • Mississippi Sex Offender Registration (MSOR)
  • Mississippi Justice Information Center (MJIC)
  • Applicant Processing
  • Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)
  • Mental Health Adjudication Reporting
  • NIBRS (National Incident-Based Reporting System)

Capt. Clark is SEARCH’s first known “legacy Member”: His father, Major J.F. Clark, served as Mississippi’s SEARCH Member from 1991 to 1996, following his appointment by then-Governor Ray Mabus.

SEARCH Members and staff are pleased to welcome Captain Clark to the Membership Group.  He fills a longtime vacancy for the state.

The SEARCH Membership Group, the governing body of 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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