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25Oct2020

Karen Lissy Joins SEARCH Law and Policy Team

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Ms. Karen Lissy has joined SEARCH as a Justice Information Services Specialist in our Law and Policy Program. In this position, she will help state and local justice agencies collect, curate, and use national crime statistical (NIBRS) and criminal history record (CCH/CHRI) data for policy analysis and development.

“We are delighted to welcome Karen Lissy to SEARCH. Her extensive knowledge and experience in the area of criminal justice data analysis and research will be a great asset to SEARCH and our Members,” said Becki Goggins, Director of SEARCH’s Law and Policy Program.

Ms. Lissy, who joined SEARCH on Oct. 26, will guide justice, public safety and related organizations 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 their criminal justice information and identification systems.
  • Develop policies that strengthen the security and privacy of critical 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 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.

Ms. Lissy previously 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. For the past 8 years, her 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.

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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.

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