Justice Information Sharing

Tackling justice information sharing initiatives can be overwhelming—complex, often costly and lengthy, and subject to the demands of multiple jurisdictions and disciplines. And with each new advance in technology, there’s a learning curve —some steeper than others. Justice information sharing managers and IT staff face a constant struggle in selecting which technology is best for their organization. The solution is learning what your organization’s needs are and then going from there.

SEARCH can help you navigate your information sharing project to successful implementation.

Our expert staff has extensive justice, public safety and IT expertise, and has participated in national efforts to develop information sharing standards and models.  We excel at:

  • Consulting and facilitation
  • Strategic planning for information sharing and technology deployment
  • Architecture development
  • Business process modeling and analysis
  • Service specification development
  • Performance management
  • Voice and data integration planning
  • Federated identity infrastructure development 

We can help you:

  • Develop enterprise information sharing architectures that align technology decisions with business objectives, as well as national technology standards and best practices
  • Make the business case for automation, integration, information sharing and interoperability, including development of performance metrics to ensure success
  • Incorporate best practices for information technology (IT) strategic planning and implementation by developing comprehensive strategic and tactical plans
  • Model critical information and data exchanges
  • Assess IT security risks and develop appropriate policies and procedures
  • Develop effective project governance, leadership strategies and funding models

SEARCH staff also supports the Open Justice Broker Consortium (OJBC) and works closely with its Members to develop reusable solutions to complex justice information sharing issues.

SEARCH’s Justice Information Sharing training offerings include:

  • NEW! Self-paced online training that helps you gain a common understanding of the Global Reference Architecture (GRA) standards, tools, methods, and processes. Access this free training using the button below.

  • Self-paced online training to achieve JIEM 5.0 certification, available via SEARCH’s elearning portal. Request this training using the button below. SEARCH training staff will issue you a Moodle username, password, and enrollment key. Have an issue logging in? Contact us
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  • SEARCH supports NIEM training, offered through the NIEM Program Management Office, as a trainer provider and curricula developer.

Justice Information Exchange Model® Version 5.0 Certification Training

Access to the JIEM® Tool is restricted to individuals who complete the JIEM 5.0 Certification Training and pass the certification exam. The certification process ensures that users have demonstrated their understanding of the key concepts and techniques necessary to assist local, state, tribal, and federal public safety organizations to identify, define, document, and model cross-jurisdiction information flows and business processes. The training shows how to apply the JIEM Methodology and leverage Reference Models in the JIEM Tool. 

SEARCH offers free, online JIEM Certification Training. It covers the following 10 modules and combines lecture-type instruction with other multi-media tools:

Module 1: JIEM Introduction and Overview
Module 2: Creating JIEM Projects and Site Models
Module 3: Editing a Site Model – Context Dimensions
Module 4: Building an Exchange
Module 5: The Information Dimension
Module 6: Privacy and Access Control Policies
Module 7: Documenting Services
Module 8: Reports, Searches, and Validating Site Models
Module 9: JIEM Resources
Module 10: Wrap-up and Exam 

This web-based course allows participants to complete the JIEM Certification Training at their own pace and includes all of the resources and materials necessary to complete the certification exam, which is also available as a component of the online training. Each participant who successfully completes the training and passes the certification exam will receive a completion certificate from SEARCH. 

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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.