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Photos from the 2015 Winter Membership Meeting

SEARCH wrapped up its 2015 Winter Membership Group Meeting last week in Austin, Texas. The meeting, held January 27–29, featured presentations and discussions on a range of technical, operational and policy issues affecting justice information sharing. Attending were SEARCH Members, Staff and stakeholders from a variety of federal, state and local agencies and national organizations.

SEARCH’s 2015 Winter Meeting kicked off with the presentation of flags by the Region 7 Honor Guard of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

SEARCH’s 2015 Winter Meeting kicked off with the presentation of flags by the Region 7 Honor Guard of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

 

Mr. Steven McCraw, Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, welcomes SEARCH to Austin. At right is SEARCH Chair Brad Truitt and Vice Chair Natalie Chrastil.

Mr. Steven McCraw, Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, welcomes SEARCH to Austin. At right is SEARCH Chair Brad Truitt and Vice Chair Natalie Chrastil.

 

Ms. Kelly Harbitter, SEARCH Director of Government Affairs, briefs the Membership on the coming activities of the new 114th Congress.

Ms. Kelly Harbitter, SEARCH Director of Government Affairs, briefs the Membership on the coming activities of the new 114th Congress.

 

Members listen as SEARCH Director of Government Affairs Kelly Harbitter touches on federal legislation and funding and how it affects the states’ criminal history recordkeeping and information sharing efforts.

Members listen as SEARCH Director of Government Affairs Kelly Harbitter touches on federal legislation and funding and how it affects the states’ criminal history recordkeeping and information sharing efforts.

 

Mr. Mark Levin, Policy Director for Right on Crime and Director of the Center for Effective Justice, Texas Public Policy Foundation, addresses the Membership as part of panel on Redemption and the Impact of Computerized Criminal History Records on Reentry and Employment. The panel shared its perspectives on offender redemption and the use of criminal rap sheets for civil background checks. Also participating on the panel was Ms. Jessica Tyler, Research Manager, The Council of State Governments Justice Center.

Mr. Mark Levin, Policy Director for Right on Crime and Director of the Center for Effective Justice, Texas Public Policy Foundation, addresses the Membership as part of panel on Redemption and the Impact of Computerized Criminal History Records on Reentry and Employment. The panel shared its perspectives on offender redemption and the use of criminal rap sheets for civil background checks. Also participating on the panel was Ms. Jessica Tyler, Research Manager, The Council of State Governments Justice Center.

 

Mr. Kshemendra Paul, Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), briefed Members on recent efforts of the PM-ISE to improve justice and public safety information sharing. These included the National Strategy for Information Sharing, state-level Information Sharing Environments, and engagement with international standards organizations to align the justice community’s work with broader industry standards.

Mr. Kshemendra Paul, Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), briefed Members on recent efforts of the PM-ISE to improve justice and public safety information sharing. These included the National Strategy for Information Sharing, state-level Information Sharing Environments, and engagement with international standards organizations to align the justice community’s work with broader industry standards.

 

Ms. Devon Adams, Chief of the Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program in the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), updates Members on BJS’s goal and strategies.

Ms. Devon Adams, Chief of the Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program in the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), updates Members on BJS’s goal and strategies.

 

Colorado Deputy Attorney General Matthew Durkin discusses the impact that legislation to legalize recreational marijuana sales has had on state and local law enforcement in the Colorado.

Colorado Deputy Attorney General Matthew Durkin discusses the impact that legislation to legalize recreational marijuana sales has had on state and local law enforcement in the Colorado.

 

SEARCH’s 2015 Winter Meeting featured three breakout sessions like the one above: On IT consolidation in state government and its impact on criminal history repositories and justice information sharing; cloud-based computing resources and technology; and an exploration of technologies and capabilities in upgrading aging computerized criminal history repositories.

SEARCH’s 2015 Winter Meeting featured three breakout sessions like the one above: On IT consolidation in state government and its impact on criminal history repositories and justice information sharing; cloud-based computing resources and technology; and an exploration of technologies and capabilities in upgrading aging computerized criminal history repositories.

 

Ms. Stephanie Burroughs, Justice Statistics Policy Analyst in the U.S. DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, shared information on criminal history improvement program grants with Members.

Ms. Stephanie Burroughs, Justice Statistics Policy Analyst in the U.S. DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, shared information on criminal history improvement program grants with Members.

 

Ms. Bonnie Locke, Director of Business Development at SEARCH’s longstanding partner, Nlets, shares opportunities offered by the new Brodie Assistance Fund, which will assist states with implementing information sharing capabilities.

Ms. Bonnie Locke, Director of Business Development at SEARCH’s longstanding partner, Nlets, shares opportunities offered by the new Brodie Assistance Fund, which will assist states with implementing information sharing capabilities.

 

SEARCH Vice Chair Natalie Chrastil (Wyoming) and Board Member Dawn Peck (Idaho) enjoy an evening reception at the 2015 Winter Meeting.

SEARCH Vice Chair Natalie Chrastil (Wyoming) and Board Member Dawn Peck (Idaho) enjoy an evening reception at the 2015 Winter Meeting.

 

Dr. Hugh Collins, SEARCH Member Emeritus (left) chats with Board Member Bob Wessels (At Large) at an evening reception during the 2015 Winter Meeting.

Dr. Hugh Collins, SEARCH Member Emeritus (left) chats with Board Member Bob Wessels (At Large) at an evening reception during the 2015 Winter Meeting.

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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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