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04Aug2015

Photos from the 2015 Annual Membership Meeting

The evening of July 28, Members, Staff, and Guests attending the 2015 SEARCH Annual Meeting took a break to enjoy a reception at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis – Park Place to recognize recipients of SEARCH’s annual awards:

  • the O.J. Hawkins Award, a practitioner honor that went to longtime law enforcement and public safety leader Chief Harlin McEwen, and
  • the Cooper Meritorious Service Award, a Membership honor that went to Major Timothy McGrail, a former SEARCH Member who retired this year as Director of the Missouri Highway Patrol’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division.

In addition, the SEARCH Chair recognized a number of SEARCH Members and Staff earlier in the day for years of service achieved in 2015.

During the three-day meeting July 28–30 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, SEARCH Members, Staff, and stakeholders from a variety of federal, state and local agencies and national organizations met to discuss a range of technical, operational and policy issues affecting justice information sharing.  SEARCH Members also held elections for the Board of Directors.

SEARCH Chair Brad Truitt (right) presents SEARCH’s 2015 O.J. Hawkins Award to Chief Harlin McEwen (ret.), in recognition of the chief’s 6 decades of service and leadership.

SEARCH Chair Brad Truitt (right) presents SEARCH’s 2015 O.J. Hawkins Award to Chief Harlin McEwen (ret.), in recognition of the chief’s 6 decades of service and leadership.


SEARCH Chair Brad Truitt (left) presents SEARCH’s 2015 Cooper Meritorious Service Award to Major Tim McGrail (ret.), Missouri State Highway Patrol, in recognition of his leadership as a SEARCH Member.

SEARCH Chair Brad Truitt (left) presents SEARCH’s 2015 Cooper Meritorious Service Award to Major Tim McGrail (ret.), Missouri State Highway Patrol, in recognition of his leadership as a SEARCH Member.


Posing after the awards ceremony are (from left) SEARCH Chair Brad Truitt, Cooper Award honoree Major Tim McGrail (ret.), Hawkins award honoree Chief Harlin McEwen (ret.), and SEARCH Executive Director Scott Came.

Posing after the awards ceremony are (from left) SEARCH Chair Brad Truitt, Cooper Award honoree Major Tim McGrail (ret.), Hawkins award honoree Chief Harlin McEwen (ret.), and SEARCH Executive Director Scott Came.


SEARCH Member Dawn Peck (Idaho) and Major Tim McGrail (ret.) socialize prior to the awards ceremony.

SEARCH Member Dawn Peck (Idaho) and Major Tim McGrail (ret.) socialize prior to the awards ceremony.


SEARCH Member Capt. Ron Rivera (New Jersey) chats with Blake Godard, representing meeting sponsor 3M, and SEARCH Alternate Member Neil Gerstenberger (Georgia) at the awards reception.

SEARCH Member Capt. Ron Rivera (New Jersey) chats with Blake Godard, representing meeting sponsor 3M, and SEARCH Alternate Member Neil Gerstenberger (Georgia) at the awards reception.


Honoree Chief Harlin McEwen is joined at the award reception by Dr. Hugh Collins, SEARCH Member Emeritus, and SEARCH Member At Large David Steingraber.

Honoree Chief Harlin McEwen is joined at the award reception by Dr. Hugh Collins, SEARCH Member Emeritus, and SEARCH Member At Large David Steingraber.


Enjoying a chat before the first day of the SEARCH Annual Meeting are (from left) Clay Sato, Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center; SEARCH Member Liane Moriyama (Hawaii); SEARCH Member Oded Galili (Minnesota); and guest Tim McGrail.

Enjoying a chat before the first day of the SEARCH Annual Meeting are (from left) Clay Sato, Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center; SEARCH Member Liane Moriyama (Hawaii); SEARCH Member Oded Galili (Minnesota); and guest Tim McGrail.


The Minnesota State Patrol Color Guard presents the flag at the commencement of SEARCH’s 2015 Annual Meeting.

The Minnesota State Patrol Color Guard presents the flag at the commencement of SEARCH’s 2015 Annual Meeting.


Mona Dohman, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, gives the host state welcome to SEARCH Members and other meeting attendees.

Mona Dohman, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, gives the host state welcome to SEARCH Members and other meeting attendees.


Kelly Harbitter, Director of Government Affairs for SEARCH, provides an update of the legislative activities of the new 114th Congress.

Kelly Harbitter, Director of Government Affairs for SEARCH, provides an update of the legislative activities of the new 114th Congress.


Becki Goggins, Director of Law and Policy for SEARCH, gives a report of the activities in her program area. She is joined in the Directors Report session by (from left) Information Sharing Program Directors Mark Perbix and Andrew Owen and High-Tech Crime Training Services Director Tim Lott.

Becki Goggins, Director of Law and Policy for SEARCH, gives a report of the activities in her program area. She is joined in the Directors Report session by (from left) Information Sharing Program Directors Mark Perbix and Andrew Owen and High-Tech Crime Training Services Director Tim Lott.


SEARCH Executive Director Scott Came facilitates a panel discussion on federated identity and credential management at the SEARCH Annual Meeting on July 29. He is joined by (from left) Chief Harlin McEwen, Chair, FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee; Clay Sato, Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center; and SEARCH Member Mike Lesko (Texas).

SEARCH Executive Director Scott Came facilitates a panel discussion on federated identity and credential management at the SEARCH Annual Meeting on July 29. He is joined by (from left) Chief Harlin McEwen, Chair, FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee; Clay Sato, Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center; and SEARCH Member Mike Lesko (Texas).


Penny Harker, Chief of the Biometric Services Unit, FBI CJIS Division, discusses steps to prepare for implementing the FBI Next Generation Identification program at the state level.

Penny Harker, Chief of the Biometric Services Unit, FBI CJIS Division, discusses steps to prepare for implementing the FBI Next Generation Identification program at the state level.


George White, Information Security Officer, FBI CJIS Division, provides an overview of the requirements of providing CJIS information in a cloud environment.

George White, Information Security Officer, FBI CJIS Division, provides an overview of the requirements of providing CJIS information in a cloud environment.


Attendees listen to a presentation on Cyber Security from Jason Thomas, Manager of Innovation, Thomson Reuters Special Services (standing at left). Mr. Thomas discussed the illicit use and danger of a variety of Internet technologies, and ways to combat and mitigate the risks they pose.

Attendees listen to a presentation on Cyber Security from Jason Thomas, Manager of Innovation, Thomson Reuters Special Services (standing at left). Mr. Thomas discussed the illicit use and danger of a variety of Internet technologies, and ways to combat and mitigate the risks they pose.


Jenna Moll, Director of State Strategic Initiatives for the Coalition for Public Safety, discusses justice reform initiatives, including alternatives to incarceration and pretrial detention.

Jenna Moll, Director of State Strategic Initiatives for the Coalition for Public Safety, discusses justice reform initiatives, including alternatives to incarceration and pretrial detention.

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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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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. 

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