The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics

The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics

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Publications & Templates

For more than 53 years, SEARCH has prepared and published a wide range of national research, analytical, technical and survey reports, guides and bulletins on a range of timely issues in criminal justice information management, technology, information sharing, communications interoperability, and law and policy, as well as high-tech crime investigations. The U.S. Department of Justice has published many of our reports, as have national justice task forces and groups. Most of our recent reports are available online for download, and we offer a variety of search methods to find the report you want.  We also offer easy links to document series  we’ve produced, as well as templates.


Publications Search

Use our handy search form to find SEARCH publications using a variety of criteria, including keyword(s), year of publication or report category. We also provide a special form for cybercrime investigators to request law enforcement-sensitive guides and publications.

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IT Service Management

The following are modifiable service catalog templates that your agency can use to start developing a Configuration Management Database (CMDB), a tool that IT managers and staff use to define and track changes to the services they manage. These templates are companion resources to Technical Brief-Using Principles of Service Management to Manage Justice Information Technology Services, which describes how principles of IT Service Management (ITSM) can benefit IT operations in the justice environment.  

IT and Privacy Impact Assessments

SEARCH offers an MS Excel 2003 spreadsheet containing worksheets that guides you through a detailed assessment of your agency’s IT system in three categories: Management, Organizational, and Technicaland a fourth category, State and Local Law Enforcement-Specific IT Security Controls, which assists with recording information on additional state and local government issues.  This tool provides your team with a simple and concise methodology by which to assess your systems and their potential risk.

SEARCH’s Guide to Conducting Privacy Impact Assessments for State, Local, and Tribal Information Sharing Initiatives helps you examine the privacy implications of your information systems and information-sharing collaborations so you can design and implement policies to address vulnerabilities identified through the assessment process. It includes a template that your jurisdiction can use to conduct your privacy impact assessments.

State Repositories

State repository staff can use the Quality Assurance Checklist to:

  1. Establish a baseline of repository operations, including alignment with nationally accepted requirements and best practices;
  2. Identify gaps in repository operations; and
  3. Train and educate existing and future staff on repository operations. 

State repository staff can use the Civil Fingerprint Handling Cost Analysis Tool to determine the costs for noncriminal justice purpose background checks. 

The QA and Cost Analysis Tools are bundled together in one Microsoft Word document that can be filled out electronically:

Enterprise Strategic Planning

Justice and public safety organizations that initiate an information sharing program with local, regional, state, and/or federal partners should develop an Enterprise Strategic Plan. SEARCH has prepared Technical Briefs that outline the importance of enterprise strategic planning, and offer a methodology for preparing enterprise strategic plans. Organizations can use this modifiable Word template to prepare such a plan.

Participation Agreement/Memorandum of Understanding

Jurisdictions can use this template to prepare a memorandum of understanding for participants in a justice information sharing federation. The agreement, which is a modifiable Word document, formally establishes the governance, responsibilities, and obligations of federation participants.

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