Our Membership Group consists of governor-appointees from each State and territory who are responsible for criminal justice information sharing and management.

Information and Idea Generation: Building Consensus

Our Members work together to

  • Establish a common dialog
  • Drive national changes
  • Build a community of interest and expertise

The Members discuss, debate, analyze and strategize on key policy, operational and technical issues impacting justice information sharing—and then speak as a consensus voice of the states on those issues.

Membership Group Meetings

Membership Group meetings facilitate full open debate and consensus development and include key experts from private industry and Federal partners. Our Federal partners share information about new programs, funding opportunities and other critical updates with Members. The Members in turn share their operational perspectives and concerns with the Federal entities.

As a neutral forum, Membership Group meetings facilitate an opportunity for Members to learn of industry capabilities, product updates, services and emerging trends. Likewise, the meetings are an opportunity for industry leaders to learn about the states’ justice information sharing challenges and needs.

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Download SEARCH Policy Statements, which articulate our core principles as developed and approved by the SEARCH Membership, July 29, 2014

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.