SEARCH researches and analyzes emerging justice information issues, as identified by our Members, to understand possible needs, gaps, solutions and opportunities.

Thought Leadership to Explore Key Justice Issues

Our work produces helpful and free resources available to the broad justice community, including publications, podcasts, resource lists and tools, and more. For over 40 years, we have prepared and published a wide range of national research, analytical, technical and survey reports, guides and bulletins on a range of timely issues, including:

  • Criminal justice information management
  • Technology
  • Information sharing
  • Communications interoperability
  • Criminal history record law and policy
  • High-tech crime investigations

Our research helps decision-makers make better, more informed decisions. Issues we explore include: 

  • Criminal history record information
  • Noncriminal justice background checks for employment purposes, including those who work with vulnerable populations
  • NICS, and improving background screening for firearms purchases
  • NCHIP, and helping repositories secure the funding and support they need
  • N-DEx, the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange

Visit our Resources pages for practical materials that will help you resolve your justice information challenges.