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Photos from the 2016 Winter Membership Meeting

On January 26-28, SEARCH Members, Staff, and stakeholders from federal, state and local agencies and national organizations met in San Diego, California, for SEARCH’s 2016 Winter Membership Group Meeting. The agenda covered a range of technical, operational and policy issues affecting justice information sharing.

A presentation of the flag and pledge of allegiance led by the Color Guard of the San Diego County Sheriff’s opened the 2016 SEARCH Winter Meeting.

Kelly Harbitter, SEARCH Director of Government Affairs, updates Members on legislative activities of the U.S. Congress.

Melissa Nee, SEARCH Government Affairs Specialist, provides an overview of firearms screening legislation. She is joined by (from left) SEARCH Chair Brad Truitt, Vice Chair Joseph Morrissey, and Executive Director Scott Came.

The SEARCH Membership meets in regular session at the 2016 Winter Meeting.

Melody Ferrell (left), an official with the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division, updates Members on activities of the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council. She is joined by SEARCH Idaho Member Dawn Peck, Compact Council Chair.

SEARCH Idaho Member Dawn Peck (center) and Staff Dennis DeBacco join other meeting attendees at an evening reception.

SEARCH At Large Member Dan Foro (center) chats with other meeting attendees at an evening reception.

Dr. William Sabol, Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, provides Members with an update of BJS initiatives.

Members are briefed on the White House’s Policing Data Initiative, which seeks to coordinate “open data” efforts across police departments in order to improve transparency and accountability. The briefing was given by Jim Burch, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, The Police Foundation.

SEARCH Members participated in a series of three breakout sessions that covered these issues: Uniform Law Commission; Success Stories and Best Practices of the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP)/NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP); and Innovations in Justice Information Sharing.

SEARCH Information Sharing Programs Director Mark Perbix briefs Members on the National Crime Statistics (NCS-X) Project and SEARCH’s involvement. The project, a partnership of BJS with FBI CJIS and others, seeks to improve the reporting of law enforcement information and its use for statistical purposes. He is joined by (from right) SEARCH Law and Policy Director Becki Goggins, Executive Director Scott Came, Vice Chair Joseph Morrissey, and Chair Brad Truitt.

Members were briefed on the state-of-the-art in risk/needs assessment tools, their use in various phases of the justice process, and the need for accurate and timely information as input to the assessments. The briefing was led by (from left) Tara Blair, Executive Officer, Kentucky Court of Justice, and Clifford Keenan, Director, District of Columbia Pretrial Services Agency.

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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.