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SEARCH 2018 Annual Meeting: Busy and Impactful

SEARCH successfully wrapped up three days of discussions, presentations, workshops and information briefings at its 2018 Annual Meeting, held July 24–26, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Washington, DC.

The meeting brought more than 100 attendees from states nationwide and the territory of Guam, representing state and federal justice agencies, private industry, and partner associations and organizations.

SEARCH recognized honorees of its top awards and Members and Staff for special achievements and years of service during ceremonies on Tuesday, July 24.

In addition, the Membership held elections for the Board of Directors,which resulted in the first female-led Board in SEARCH’s nearly 50-year history, with the installation of new Chair Leslie Moore and Vice Chair Julie Butler.

SEARCH thanks Captain Tricia Powers, Criminal Justice Information Services Division, who provided the host state welcome, and who arranged for the Virginia State Police Color Guard to conduct the flag presentation.

SEARCH also thanks its meeting Sponsors and the various companies, agencies, and individuals who participated in the three days of educational workshops and insightful discussions.

SEARCH’s 2019 Winter Membership Group Meeting is scheduled for January 8–10, 2019 at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, California. An event website will be available in September 2018.

2018 Annual Meeting – Final Agenda

SEARCH Administrative Assistant Diane Chin mans the registration table.

The Virginia State Police Color Guard presents the flag while Chair Brad Truitt leads the Pledge of Allegiance. He is joined at the dais by Executive Director David Roberts and Vice Chair Julie Butler.

SEARCH Members gathered in Washington, D.C. for their 2018 Annual Meeting.

Meeting Sponsors included Identification International, Inc.; here, their booth is staffed by Support Manager Catherine Stewart.

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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.