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A Report to the SEARCH Membership of Selected Corporate, Program and Staff Activities
January - June 2006


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 SEARCH, The National
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 Information and Statistics

                                SEARCH Receives Funding Appropriation Authorization
 CORPORATE                      SEARCH is pleased to announce that the House Judiciary Committee has
 HEADQUARTERS                   specifically included funding appropriation authorization for SEARCH’s
                                National Technical Assistance and Training Program as part of reauthori-
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                                zation legislation for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
 Suite 145

 Sacramento, CA 95831           The DOJ reauthorization legislation passed overwhelmingly by a vote
 Phone (916) 392-2550           of 415-4 in the House, and unanimously in the Senate, and was enacted
                                into law by Public Law 109-162 in January 2006. The bill authorizes the
 Fax (916) 392-8440
                                appropriation of $4 million for fiscal years 2006-2009 for SEARCH to
                                carry out the operations of its National Technical Assistance and Training
 WASHINGTON, DC                 Program.
 OFFICE
                                “SEARCH is one of three non-governmental agencies to receive this
 1655 North Fort Myer Drive
                                appropriation authorization,” said Mr. Ronald P. Hawley, SEARCH
 Suite 700                      Executive Director. “We’re gratified by this vote of confidence in our or-
 Arlington, VA 22209            ganization and the important work we do in the justice and public safety
 Phone (703) 875-2128           arena.”
 Fax (703) 525-8841
                                                                                        On February 16, 2006, Mr.
 www.search.org                                                                         Phillip Kiko (center), Staff
                                                                                        Director, House Judiciary
                                                                                        Committee, presented a
                                                                                        “red lined” copy of the
                                                                                        DOJ’s reauthorization
                                                                                        funding bill to Mr. Ronald
                                                                                        P. Hawley, SEARCH
                                                                                        Executive Director,
                                                                                        and Ms. Kelly J. Harris,
                                                                                        SEARCH Deputy Executive
                                                                                        Director. Rep. F. James
    Francis X. Aumand III                                                               Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI),
          Chairman
                                                                                        Chairman of the House
                                                                                        Judiciary Committee (not
                                                                                        shown), sponsored the bill.
      Ronald P. Hawley

      Executive Director



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                       SEARCH Opens Office in D.C. Area
SEARCH’s Washington,   In April 2006, SEARCH opened an office in the Washington, D.C., area
                       to better interact with our partners, federal agencies, and Congress on
D.C.-area office is
                       issues of law and policy that are relevant to SEARCH Members and the
located at:            justice and public safety community. SEARCH’s corporate headquarters
                       remain in Sacramento, California.
1655 North Fort Myer
Drive, Suite 700       “Establishing a SEARCH office closer to our principal partners will en-
                       able us to better collaborate and be more effective in our efforts to serve
Arlington, VA 22209
                       justice and public safety,” said Mr. Ronald P. Hawley, SEARCH Execu-
Phone (703) 875-2128   tive Director.
Fax (703) 525-8841


                       Membership News
                       Annual Awards Spotlight Contributions to Justice and Public
                       Safety
                       For more than two decades, SEARCH has honored the achievements of
                       justice leaders and professionals with two prestigious annual awards that
                       reflect our involvement in major national initiatives and collaborative
                       partnerships with national organizations, legislative leaders, and justice
                       and public safety agencies at all levels.

                       Recipients of the 2006 awards were selected by the SEARCH Board of
                       Directors at their Winter Meeting last January and will handed out at an
                       awards ceremony on July 19 in conjunction with SEARCH’s Annual
                       Meeting. Individuals are nominated by SEARCH Members and by past
                       award recipients.

                       n O.J. Hawkins Award
                       The 2006 O.J. Hawkins Award for Innovative Lead-
                       ership and Outstanding Contributions in Criminal
                       Justice Information Systems, Policy and Statistics in
                       the United States will be presented to U.S. Senator
                       Robert C. Byrd (D-WV).

                       The award formally acknowledges an individual’s
                       service, dedication, and contributions that have
                       improved the justice community’s ability to develop       2006 Hawkins
                       and use criminal justice information. It is the only      Award Recipient:
                       nationally recognized, competitive award for con-         U.S. Senator
                                                                                 Robert C. Byrd
                       tributions in the field of criminal justice information
                                                                                 (D-WV)
                       management.



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Sen. Byrd, who has represented West Virginia in the Senate for nearly
50 years, is being recognized for his lengthy record of strong leadership
and advocacy of crucial criminal justice information and identification
technology programs, as well as criminal justice assistance initiatives.

Sen. Byrd’s significant influence toward the betterment of criminal
justice includes his efforts to jump-start the modernization of the FBI’s
Fingerprint Identification Division (now the Criminal Justice Information
Services Division), which now responds to 98% of electronic fingerprint
submissions within two hours, thereby improving public safety and the         For more information
administration of justice.                                                    on the O.J. Hawkins

Sen. Byrd’s foresight is also evidenced in his support of programs that       and Cooper Awards,
apply biometrics to criminal justice information systems. These pro-          including a list of past
grams enabled hundreds of law enforcement agencies to implement
timesaving technologies, information sharing, and improved communica-         recipients, see http://
tion systems. Biometrics also now help enable the protection of sensitive     www.search.org/
military information and installations, and support homeland security. In
addition, Sen. Byrd is being honored for his support of automation and        about/awards/.
his recognition that better technology is needed to transfer vital informa-
tion among key governmental agencies, particularly the integration of
systems to support national security.

SEARCH Member Colonel D.L. Lemmon, Superintendent of the West
Virginia State Police, nominated Sen. Byrd for the award. He stated,
“While Senator Byrd’s accomplishments and impacts on criminal justice
issues would be voluminous, Senator Byrd’s commitments to criminal
justice systems and our national security is very well established.”

n Gary R. Cooper Meritorious Service Award
Colonel Kenneth A. Bouche, Deputy Direc-
tor, Information and Technology Command
Division, Illinois State Police, was selected to
receive the 2006 Gary R. Cooper Meritorious
Service Award.

The award honors a SEARCH Member whose
work in the field of criminal justice informa-
                                                   2006 Cooper Award
tion systems, policy, or statistics has been       Recipient:
outstanding. The award enables SEARCH              Colonel Kenneth A.
Members to recognize one of their colleagues       Bouche, Illinois State
for their contributions both to the field of       Police
criminal justice information and to the success
of SEARCH.

Col. Bouche, a SEARCH Member since 2001, serves on the Board of
Directors and Chairs the Systems and Technology Program Advisory
Committee. He is being recognized for his leadership role and active par-

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ticipation in SEARCH, his advocacy of SEARCH policies and positions
at national forums, and particularly his exceptional work as Chair of the
Global Advisory Committee.

GLOBAL advises the U.S. Attorney General on justice information shar-
ing and integration initiatives, and was created to support the broad-scale
exchange of pertinent justice and public safety information.

Col. Bouche states that members of GLOBAL believe in doing the right
thing: “...putting aside turf issues and resolving data exchange barriers
toward a common goal—getting the right information to the right people
at the right time. On a large scale, this helps protect America from threats
to our national security...but as importantly, this means a better quality of
life for all of us day to day: safer schools, safer neighborhoods, a fairer
and more effective justice system...”

SEARCH Chairman Francis X. Aumand III applauds Col. Bouche’s
work as GLOBAL’s Chair and as Illinois’ representative to SEARCH,
stating, “Ken’s leadership style is an example to be emulated as he carries
that ‘can-do, get-things-done, compassionate’ personality into whatever
he does.”

Recent Governor Appointments
Idaho: Ms. Dawn A. Peck, Manager, Bureau of Criminal Identification,
Idaho State Police, was appointed April 5.

New Jersey: Captain Daniel Morocco, Executive Officer, Identification
and Information Technology, New Jersey State Police, was appointed
March 21.

New Mexico: Major Michael Valverde, Training and Recruiting Bureau,
New Mexico State Police, was appointed March 27.



Corporate Highlights
Seven New Employees Join SEARCH Staff
SEARCH has recently hired seven new employees in an effort to meet
the expanding needs of the justice and public safety community we serve.
For detailed background on these new staff members, see http://www.
search.org/events/news/2006.asp.

  • Mr. Steven L. Bolt joined SEARCH on May 8 as a Computer
    Training Specialist. He coordinates and provides training on com-


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   puter technology issues with criminal justice applications to local,
   state and federal justice agencies nationwide. He was previously a
   Senior Deputy Probation Officer for Sacramento County, Califor-
   nia, providing forensics consultation to high-profile crime units.

• Ms. Sam. Chiecchi joined SEARCH on June 16 as an Administra-
  tive Assistant working on special projects, including Membership
  Group support. She was previously a Commercial Real Estate Proj-
  ect and Property Manager.

• Ms. Carol Keane is an Administrative Assistant, providing ad-
  ministrative and program support to SEARCH’s Training Services
  department. Prior to joining SEARCH on May 30, she was an
  Executive Assistant for Sun Microsystems.

• Mr. John Mattley is a Justice Information Systems Specialist,
  providing training, technical assistance, and research on automated
  systems development, automation planning, and justice informa-
  tion sharing to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions nationwide. Mr.
  Mattley also works on the Justice Information Exchange Model
  (JIEM) project. He has extensive experience in the private sector
  and government. He joined SEARCH on March 6.

• Mr. Jim Reutlinger joined SEARCH as a Public Safety Technolo-
  gy Specialist on April 1. He provides technical assistance to public
  safety agencies nationwide in automated systems development,
  planning and integration of communications and information tech-
  nology, and communications interoperability and wireless issues.
  Mr. Reutlinger retired in 2003 following a 30-year career in law
  enforcement, and had been working since then as a systems analyst
  for a CAD/RMS vendor.

• Ms. Lauren Wagner joined SEARCH on April 1. As a Research
  Analyst, she works on research and development projects focused
  on integrated justice information systems planning and implemen-
  tation using the JIEM Tool, and also manages the online state and
  local integration profiles as part of SEARCH’s justice and public
  safety Information Sharing Initiatives program. Lauren was a stu-
  dent intern with SEARCH beginning in 2005. Ms. Wagner’s back-
  ground is in forensic science. She will join SEARCH’s Training
  Division as a Computer Crimes Specialist in August.

• Ms. Shawna Warneke joined SEARCH February 1 as an Admin-
  istrative Assistant, providing administrative and program support
  to the Public Safety Programs unit. Ms. Warneke was previously a
  Training and Logistics Coordinator for Hewlett-Packard.

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                          Job Openings at SEARCH
                          SEARCH has immediate openings for the following key positions:

For more details on job   n Director – Systems and Technology Program
                          SEARCH is seeking a hard-working, hands-on Director for its Systems
openings, including
                          and Technology Program. This position is responsible for a multifaceted
application deadlines,    program of information technology services for the nation’s justice com-
see www.search.org/       munity, including technical assistance, training, conference and work-
                          shop development, and supervising the activities of SEARCH technical
about/careers/.           assistance providers and administrative staff. The Director will speak at
                          workshops and major national conferences hosted by SEARCH and other
                          organizations, prepare and manage grants and contracts to SEARCH from
                          federal agencies, serve on advisory boards and committees, and provide
                          liaison with officials at the U.S. Department of Justice.

                          A key responsibility of the Director is to manage SEARCH’s Justice
                          Information Exchange Modeling (JIEM) Program, a program of technical
                          assistance to build information sharing models and business processes via
                          a web-based Tool© developed, maintained, and enhanced by SEARCH.
                          All aspects of the Tool’s development and continued enhancement must
                          be managed by the Director. The Director also oversees SEARCH’s role
                          in the Global Justice XML Data Model implementation.

                          n Justice Information Services Specialist
                             Law and Policy Programs
                          SEARCH seeks a highly motivated professional to provide consulting
                          services to assist agencies, courts, and jurisdictions in crafting and imple-
                          menting effective laws, policies, practices, and technology applications
                          associated with the collection and use of criminal history records. This
                          includes assistance with legal, policy, and regulatory issues; the manage-
                          ment and operation of criminal justice information and identification sys-
                          tems; and guidance for the development of privacy policies in informa-
                          tion sharing systems. The Justice Information Services Specialist makes
                          presentations at a wide range of events, prepares written documents for
                          clients and publication, and sits on advisory committees and task forces.
                          It is expected that the successful candidate will have recent and substan-
                          tial experience as an administrator or attorney in a criminal justice agency
                          or court, in-depth knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice
                          process, and operational experience and/or technology experience in the
                          criminal justice system, particularly at a state central criminal records
                          repository. Graduate degree or comparable experience desirable. Law
                          degree preferred.




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n Justice Information Systems Specialist
   Systems and Technology and JIEM Programs
SEARCH is seeking a qualified subject-matter expert to be responsible
for two major initiatives: Information Sharing Technical Assistance and
Justice Information Exchange Modeling (JIEM). This position provides
on-site and in-house technical assistance to justice and public safety orga-
nizations on their information sharing initiatives, including all aspects of
planning and implementation—governance, strategic planning, business
process modeling, and implementation planning. This position will also
support justice and public safety agencies in modeling critical information
exchanges, facilitate information exchange analysis, and train users of the
JIEM Tool. The successful candidate will have knowledge of justice and/or
public safety system-related operations, information systems technologies,
and systems integration.

n Public Safety Technology Specialist
SEARCH is seeking a self-motivated, independent individual with experi-
ence planning, implementing, and managing communications and informa-
tion technology projects for public safety agencies. Routine operational
and strategic management experience is sought. In-depth knowledge of
public safety communications and information systems technology is
highly desired. Exceptional written and oral communications skills are
necessary in providing technical assistance to local and state agencies na-
tionwide, ranging from strategic planning and facilitation to requirements
analysis to technical consultation, review, and documentation. In addition
to providing technical assistance, the Public Safety Technology Specialists
are involved in research, developing strategic technology plans, document-
ing and publishing best practices, making presentations and providing
training to sizeable groups, and synthesizing knowledge from all areas to
advance the state of the art of public safety operations through the use of
information technologies.

n Computer Crime Specialist
We’re looking for an outstanding staff instructor for SEARCH’s Criminal
Justice Computer Laboratory and Training Center located in Sacramento,
California. The Computer Crime Specialist is primarily responsible for the
classroom instruction of SEARCH’s high technology crime investigation
and digital evidence recovery courses.

For more details about these positions, see: http://www.search.org/about/
careers/.




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                                                                                Law & Policy Activities
                                                                                Criminal Record Backgrounding the Focus of New
                                                                                SEARCH Report
                                                                                The Report of the National Task Force on the Criminal Backgrounding
   Report of                                                                    of America     is now available on the SEARCH web site. This ground-
   The National Task Force on the
   Criminal Backgrounding of
                                                                                breaking report provides law- and policy makers with a series of recom-
   America                                                                      mendations and other information to assist in the crafting of laws, poli-
                                                                                cies, and procedures governing America’s burgeoning background check
                                                                                culture.

                                                                                During four meetings held over a 12-month period in 2004 and 2005,
                                                                                the task force—convened by SEARCH and the Bureau of Justice Statis-
                                                                                tics, U.S. Department of Justice—considered various aspects of criminal
               SEARCH
               The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics   background checks in an attempt to bring clarity to processes through
                                                                                which criminal histories are used to determine suitability for certain jobs,
                                                                                licenses and other opportunities.
Report of the
National Task Force                                                             The task force report provides recommendations on appropriate levels
                                                                                of access to criminal record data, completeness and accuracy of records,
on the Criminal
                                                                                privacy and social safeguards, and on a national training campaign to
Backgrounding of                                                                educate the public on terminology, concepts, and laws surrounding crimi-
                                                                                nal record backgrounding.
America .
View or download                                                                Task force members represented a wide range of participants in the
                                                                                criminal record check process, from federal and state justice agencies,
the report at http://
                                                                                public and private providers of background check services, and subject
www.search.org/                                                                 matter experts to end-users from the public and private sectors and from
services/publications.                                                          volunteer organizations.

                                                                                The task force was co-chaired by SEARCH Members Ms. Donna Uz-
                                                                                zell (FL) and Prof. Kent Markus (At Large). Other SEARCH Members
                                                                                on the task force were Mr. Robert Armstrong (CO, now retired); Mr.
                                                                                Francis X. Aumand (VT, SEARCH Chair); Dr. Alfred Blumstein (At
                                                                                Large); Mr. Barry LaCroix (MA); Mr. Mike Lesko (TX); Ms. Liane
                                                                                Moriyama (HI); and Ms. Georgene Ramming (AZ).

                                                                                Compendium of State Privacy and Security Legislation
                                                                                Now Available Online
                                                                                The Compendium of State Privacy and Security Legislation, published
                                                                                13 times in a traditional paper-report format since its inception in 1974,
                                                                                has been transitioned to a web-enabled information resource. The online
                                                                                compendium continues a three-decade effort by the U.S. Department of
                                                                                Justice to maintain a reference source for state laws and regulations that
                                                                                relate to the privacy and security of criminal history record information.

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The compendium is provided to assist legislators, planners, administra-
tors, legal analysts, and others interested in reviewing state statutes and
regulations governing the maintenance and use of criminal records.

Comparing and contrasting the approaches reflected in the many state
laws and regulations helps planners and administrators develop effective
and fair policies for their jurisdictions. By facilitating such comparisons
                                                                              “The Survey report
and by furthering research in this area, the compendium promotes the          is believed to be the
evolution of enlightened privacy and information policy.                      most cited document
                                                                              produced by our
Considerations are underway to equip the online compendium with ad-
ditional features, including keyword and subject-specific search capabili-    organization. More
ties and other functionalities. See this valuable resource at http://www.
                                                                              than 6,000 print copies
search.org/programs/policy/compendium/
                                                                              of the last survey were
Biannual Survey of State Criminal History Information                         distributed (including
Systems, 2003 Now Available at BJS Web Site
                                                                              to 99 entities in foreign
The Survey of State Criminal History Information
                                                                              countries). Recipients
Systems, 2003, a report based on the results of a
survey that SEARCH conducted of State criminal                                of the survey have
history record repository administrators in 2004, is
                                                                              included U.S. Senators
now available online at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/
bjs/abstract/sschis03.htm. Survey respondents were                            and Members of the
asked to describe the status of their repositories in 15
                                                                              U.S. House of Represen-
topical areas at year-end 2003.
                                                                              tatives, state governors,
The Survey report provides law- and policymakers,                             State Attorneys Gen-
administrators, managers, academia, research
institutions, and other agencies and individuals with the most complete       eral, Law Schools and
data available on record quantity and completeness, and on procedures         their libraries, public
used by repositories to maintain record quality.
                                                                              libraries, and public
“The Survey report is believed to be the most cited document produced         and private security
by our organization. More than 6,000 print copies of the last survey
were distributed (including to 99 entities in foreign countries). Recipi-     entities.   ”
ents of the survey have included U.S. Senators and Members of the U.S.         —Owen Greenspan,
House of Representatives, state governors, State Attorneys General, Law          SEARCH Director
Schools and their libraries, public libraries, and public and private secu-     of Law and Policy
rity entities,” said Owen Greenspan, Director of SEARCH’s Law and                       Programs
Policy Program.

The report updates the Survey of State Criminal History Information
Systems, 2001, released in September 2003. To order paper copies of the
2003 survey results, see http://www.ncjrs.gov/app/publications/bjs-
pubs.aspx or call 1-800-851-3420. The report was developed under grant
funding from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice.



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SEARCH Updates Format of Repository Survey
Shifting to an Online Entry Option
Since 1989, the U.S. DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and
SEARCH have conducted eight comprehensive surveys of state criminal
history repositories. The Survey format has remained consistent over the
years, usually providing users with 22 tables of data. This allows year-
to-year comparison of collected data to measure growth in the number of
records collected, in the number of records with dispositions, and in other
survey categories. Given the dramatic advances in information technolo-
gy, legislative, and social trends that have increased demand for criminal
history record access, as well as the need for criminal record managers
to respond to these developments, BJS and SEARCH believed that an
in-depth review of the survey format was called for prior to requesting
information for 2005.

On October 12, 2005, a request for suggestions was sent to all reposi-
tories. Responses to that request, as well as input from attendees at
SEARCH 2006 Winter Membership Meeting, have resulted in an updated
Survey. The overall look of the Survey has changed. New questions have
been added, and some questions have been deleted due to their irrelevan-
cy to today’s operations.

Another change was to divide the Survey into 12 sections by topics cov-
ered. Repositories can now distribute specific topical questions directly
to the people who provide the information. More than one person at each
repository is usually involved in completing the survey, so this change
expedites the process.

To further streamline the process, the Survey will be available on the
SEARCH web site. “Having the Survey available on SEARCH’s web
site means more options for those submitting responses and a faster
turnaround so we can tabulate the results in a timelier manner,” said Mr.
Greenspan.

Fall 2006 Repository Workshop Planned
SEARCH is beginning preparations for a criminal record repository
workshop to be held later this year. BJS and SEARCH have hosted
five previous workshops, which allow state and federal criminal record
managers to share information on common challenges, and on solutions
developed in response to those challenges.

The workshop format focuses on attendee dialogue and discussion rather
than on speaker presentations, allowing participants to learn from one
another. The workshops have examined general themes such as criminal
record repository operations, and specific themes such as sex offender
and protection order registries, and the court-repository relationship.


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Workshop topics are still being discussed. A survey seeking topic sugges-
tions from state criminal history repositories was disseminated earlier this
year. The workshop will also be discussed during the Law and Policy Pro-
gram Advisory Committee meeting held in conjunction with the July 2006
SEARCH Membership Group Meeting.

Additional suggestions on possible workshop agenda items are welcome
and should be directed to Eric Johnson, Justice Information Services
Specialist, at eric@search.org. Please monitor the SEARCH web site for
ongoing workshop developments.



Information Sharing Initiatives
2006 Symposium: A Look Back
More than 800 justice and public safety practitioners attended the 2006
Symposium on Justice and Public Safety Information Sharing: Effective
Decisionmaking for a Safer America, held March 13-15, 2006, at the
Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C. The Symposium featured more than 36
plenary and panel sessions, and 90 speakers representing practitioners,
policymakers, technologists, managers, and subject matter experts from
throughout the nation and around the world. The Symposium addressed
best practices associated with Planning, Analysis, Implementation, and
Technology for information sharing.

The 2006 Symposium was sponsored by SEARCH and the Bureau of
Justice Assistance, U.S. DOJ. Visit the SEARCH web site for highlights of
sessions and case studies, speaker presentations, tradeshow of top industry
exhibitors, and a slide show of Symposium events and activities at www.
search.org/events/past/2006.asp.




          Francis X. Aumand, III, Director,
    Division of Criminal Justice Services,
          Vermont Department of Public
       Safety, and SEARCH Membership
            Chairman; Michael Chertoff,
           Secretary, U.S. Department of
      Homeland Security; Kelly J. Harris,
     SEARCH Deputy Executive Director
     of Programs; and Ronald P. Hawley,
             SEARCH Executive Director,
        meet prior to Mr. Chertoff’s 2006
    Symposium Keynote address at the
          Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C.


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Regional Information Sharing Conferences Slated
Four BJA Regional Information Sharing (RIS) Conferences scheduled for
September 2006 through Spring 2007 will be held in strategic locations
throughout the country. The conferences are sponsored by the Bureau of
Justice Assistance, U.S. DOJ, and SEARCH.

The regional conferences, “Innovations in Justice: Information Sharing
Strategies and Best Practices,” will present the latest solutions in justice
and public safety information sharing. Attendees will learn about plan-
ning, managing, and implementing technology solutions for information
sharing systems. They will hear about key developments in information
sharing policy, privacy and security, coordinating broad-based informa-
tion-sharing initiatives, the latest technologies and standards, and much
more.

Registration and details about the conferences are available on the
SEARCH web site at www.search.org. Locations and dates for the re-
gional conferences are:
  Jacksonville, Florida ..............September 25-27, 2006
  Houston, Texas .......................February 6-8, 2007
  Minneapolis, Minnesota.........March 27-29, 2007
  San Diego, California.............Spring 2007 (dates to be determined)


Ongoing Technical Assistance for Vermont
SEARCH was asked by the Vermont Law Enforcement Advisory Board
and the Vermont Incident-Based Reporting System (VIBRS) Advisory
Board to facilitate an independent and objective survey of law enforce-
ment agencies throughout Vermont. SEARCH assisted Vermont to:
  • Develop a survey instrument to assess future law enforcement
      technology needs and priorities as a basis for developing an overall
      statewide IT plan and direction.
  • Develop an IT Environmental Assessment tool constructed to
      quickly assess the state’s existing IT infrastructure for law enforce-
      ment, including hardware, software, and personnel resources of
      state and local departments.
  • Conduct a “gap” analysis to compare the assessment of the exist-
      ing IT environment to the information on future statewide IT needs
      developed through the survey.

The combination of survey results, IT Environmental Assessment, and
gap analysis will serve as the basis upon which a Strategic Plan docu-
ment can be developed to implement the recommended approach.
SEARCH anticipates that the project will be completed during the 4th
quarter 2006.


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Justice Information Exchange Model Initiatives
Underway
SEARCH continues to enhance and improve the Justice Information
Exchange Modeling (JIEM) Tool© in response to users’ suggestions
and evolving requirements, especially those related to developing ex-
change content using the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM).

JIEM Version 3.4, currently in testing and soon to be released, pro-
vides the user with an Information Exchange Package Documenta-
tion (IEPD) Tool, which seamlessly interfaces with the Georgia Tech
Research Institute’s (GTRI) Schema Subset Generation Tool. This
release of the JIEM tool will include many other enhancements that have
been requested by users, such as an auto-renumbering feature, compati-
bility with the Netscape browser, and the ability to define multiple receiv-
ing agencies in one exchange.

In addition to the automated link between the two tools, SEARCH has
begun modeling the published IEPDs that define standard exchanges be-          For more information
tween various criminal justice agencies. The U.S. DOJ’s Office of Justice
                                                                               on JIEM, please see the
Programs (OJP) has established a web site to publish exchange standards
(www.it.ojp.gov), and JIEM is being used to model these standards.             SEARCH web site at
Currently, OJP has published 23 IEPDs, including Amber Alert, Criminal         www.search.org/jiem
History, Incident Report, Arrest Report, and Field Interview, which have
been developed by SEARCH as well as other national organizations.              or contact SEARCH
                                                                               staff.
n JIEM Expands to Other Public Safety Disciplines
JIEM is not limited to use in the justice area. Many of the benefits of
JIEM extend to other domains, such as emergency and incident manage-
ment, border security and immigration, and health and human services.
JIEM has been used by a first responders group to model data sharing
requirements in disaster management scenarios. The group, located in
the National Capital Region, has been using JIEM to model a resource
request and inventory process to assist them when responding to any
multi-agency emergency scenario.

A second project has been proposed to the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security to use JIEM to model multi-agency exchange scenarios in their
environment. This proposal has been jointly submitted by SEARCH and
GTRI and is significant in that it will allow SEARCH and GTRI to man-
age the entire exchange analysis project, thereby resulting in the delivery
of National Information Exchange Model (NIEM)-compliant information
exchanges in the homeland security domain.

A significant planned enhancement to JIEM includes the ability to define
multiple reference models. This will enable JIEM to become more than a
“Justice” information exchange modeling tool by supporting an unlimited
number of reference models in other business domains.

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Technical Assistance in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and
Virginia
The Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County (Metro/
Davidson County), Tennessee, has implemented a highly successful
integrated criminal justice information system (JIS) that has served as
a model for many other jurisdictions throughout the nation. Metro/
Davidson County solicited SEARCH’s assistance in providing a
background and technical overview of the Global Justice XML Data
Model (GJXDM) to project staff to help them to begin to assess
appropriate GJXDM-conformant migration strategies.

n JIEM-GJXDM-IEPD
The May 2006 site visit was coordinated through Tennessee’s SEARCH
Member, Mr. Brad Truitt, Assistant Director of the Tennessee Bureau of
Investigation (TBI). Providing the technical assistance were Catherine
Plummer (SEARCH) and Carl Nelson (Regional Information Sharing
System, RISS), who provided a week-long workshop, which included
JIEM certification, an introduction to GJXDM and system analysis, and
an IEPD workshop. Employees of the Metro/Davidson County JIS staff
were joined by employees of TBI, the Nashville Police Department,
the state Administrative Office of the Courts, and the Davidson County
District Attorney’s Office. The participants completed the workshop
by building an actual IEPD for a booking exchange from beginning to
end, starting with the JIEM exchange model and ending up with a set of
GJXDM-conformant schemas.

Similar technical assistance site visits are planned for Pennsylvania in
late July 2006 and for Virginia in October 2006.


SEARCH Staff Serve as Faculty at 2006 National
Governors Association Policy Academy
On April 18-20, 2006, the National Governors Association (NGA) Center
for Best Practices conducted its second policy academy devoted to using
the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM) to improve justice infor-
mation sharing.

Communication among law enforcement, the judicial branch, and correc-
tions at the local, state, and federal levels remains a major challenge in
maximizing the equity, efficiency, and effectiveness of the national jus-
tice system. Strategic information sharing capabilities are also essential
to effective federal and state homeland security strategies. Through their
executive branch authority, governors can play a lead role in bringing
criminal justice information users and emerging technologies together to
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NGA has provided 11 states with $50,000 in funding from the Bureau of
Justice Assistance to implement their projects: The 2005 states are Colo-
rado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin,
and the 2006 states are Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, and
North Carolina.

The NGA Policy Academy, held in Denver, Colorado, brought together
all of the state teams, providing them with an opportunity to develop
project action plans, hear from subject-matter experts, network with their
peers, and share best practices. With help from the NGA faculty, which
included SEARCH Justice Information Systems Specialist Catherine
Plummer, states also discussed both the technical and policy challenges
related to implementation.


Corrections and Probation and Parole IEPD Development
The National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center
(NLECTC) was tasked this year with developing corrections-focused
Information Exchange Package Documentation (IEPD), including refer-
ence XML schema representations of corrections exchange content based
on the GJXDM.

NLECTC requested SEARCH’s assistance in this project, starting with a
January 2006 workshop in Phoenix, Arizona. Subject-matter experts were
brought together from corrections and/or probation and parole depart-
ments in Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Florida, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Min-
nesota, Wisconsin, and New York City, and SEARCH staff co-facilitated
the IEPD sessions. Currently, draft IEPDs representing a Pre-sentence
Investigation and an Offender Transition Notification (status change)
have been developed. A second workshop is planned for September 2006
in San Diego, California.

SEARCH has also recently been invited by the American Probation and
Parole Association (APPA) to participate in a series of workshops to de-
velop IEPDs for these domains as well. Workshops will take place in late
summer and early fall.




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                         Public Safety IT News

                         2006 COPS Technical Assistance Conference Series
                         Underway
                         Two conferences have been slated for the 2006 COPS Technical
                         Assistance Conference Series, Law Enforcement Information
                         Technology: Planning, Purchasing, and Managing Your Technology
                         Initiative. The first was held June 13-15, 2006 in Portland, Oregon, and
                         the second is scheduled for August 22-24, 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee.

                         These conferences are designed for chiefs, sheriffs, or project managers
                         to receive training and resources for managing, overseeing, and making
                         decisions about all facets of technology planning, purchase, and imple-
                         mentation. Training sessions are for agencies receiving grants from the
                         Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), U.S. DOJ. The
                         training focuses on grant management, technology project management,
                         mobile data, CAD, records and jail management systems, interagency
                         voice and data communications, and procurement and contracting.

                         National Interoperability Summit
                         Improving Interagency Communications Nationwide
                         The National Interoperability Summit, held May 24 and 25, 2006, in
                         Austin, Texas, was a special gathering of 150 leaders from across the
The Summit
                         nation who shared lessons learned with their communications interoper-
Proceedings are          ability projects and recommended best practices for future projects. This
                         event was sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland
complete and are
                         Security, and hosted by SEARCH. Local government projects to improve
currently being          interagency communications were the primary focus.
reviewed by project
                         Topics and focus group discussions included:
partners. They will be     • An update on national initiatives, including DHS tactical interoper-
released soon.                able communications plans, public safety communications stan-
                              dards, and the National Incident Management;
                           • project case studies;
                           • FCC regulatory issues;
                           • establishing governance structures and agreements;
                           • analyzing and documenting operational needs;
                           • project planning and management;
                           • procurement, contracting, and vendor management;
                           • implementation, operations, and performance management.

                         The event concluded with a presentation of findings.


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SEARCH Assists in “Thunder Over Louisville” Tactical
Interoperable Communications Exercise
On April 22, Dan Hawkins, Director of SEARCH’s Public Safety
Programs, was lead evaluator on a Tactical Interoperable Communi-
cations Plan (TICP) exercise, which was held during a live event in
Louisville, Kentucky.

Each April, Louisville hosts the first of more than 70 events that
make up the two-week Kentucky Derby Festival season. “Thun-
der over Louisville” is a day-long air show capped with the largest
annual fireworks show in North America. An estimated crowd of
                                                                         Pre-planning
800,000 gathered to enjoy the festivities, which also played host to
a special guest this year: The Department of Homeland Security’s
(DHS) Office of Grants and Training (G&T).

Louisville is one of 77 metropolitan regions across the country
required by DHS Fiscal Year 2005 grant funding to complete a TICP
and exercise. Agencies in each of the regions had to develop a plan
detailing how their police, fire, and emergency medical services
(EMS) first responders would communicate among their different
disciplines and jurisdictions during the first hours of future, large-
scale emergencies. Louisville offered to be the first evaluated.
                                                                         Final TICP Coordination

Mr. Hawkins was asked by G&T to be the lead evaluator. “City of-
ficials asked to have their annual ‘Thunder of Louisville’ event serve
as a validation exercise,” said Mr. Hawkins. “A team of 20 evalua-
tors and observers camped out at Louisville’s Emergency Operations
Center (EOC) and spread throughout the downtown area to docu-
ment how well interagency communications came together during
the event.”

In support of the DHS Interoperable Communications Technical
Assistance Program (ICTAP), SEARCH Public Safety Programs                Thunder Over Louisville
staff have been managing efforts to complete these tactical interoper-
able communications plans in many cities, as well as contributing
their own subject-matter expertise. Beginning with Louisville, Mr.
Hawkins and SEARCH Public Safety Technology Specialists will be
part of multi-disciplinary teams being sent to each of the 77 metro
areas to evaluate the plans through full-scale exercises, which are
required by DHS by September 30, 2006.




                                                                         The Final Thunder




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Tech Guides on Fast Track for Publication
The Law Enforcement Tech Guide for
Small and Rural Police Agencies: A Guide
                                                 U.S. Department of Justice
                                                 Office of Community Oriented Policing Services



for Executives, Managers, and Technolo-
gists    (4mb) was published by the Office       LAW ENFORCEMENT TECH GUIDE FOR

of Community Oriented Policing Services          Communications
(COPS) in November 2005 and is available         Interoperability
on their web site at http://www.cops.usdoj.      A Guide for Interagency Communications Projects




gov/mime/open.pdf?Item=1619 . This
Guide shows how small and rural police
agencies with minimal personnel and financ-
ing can implement IT projects from pre-
liminary project planning and project plan
creation to technology acquisition, imple-
mentation, and maintenance.

The Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Communications Interoperability:
A Guide for Interagency Communications Projects will be available this
summer. Integration of information and communications systems—both
between agencies and throughout field operations—is a critically impor-
tant component of public safety today. This Guide is designed to give an
agency executive or project manager background on the subject of com-
munications interoperability and tools to carry out technology initiatives
that make interoperability possible.

The Law Enforcement Tech Guide for Creating Performance Measures
that Work: A Guide for Executives and Managers; and the Law Enforce-
ment Tech Guide on Information Technology Security, How to Assess Risk
and Establish Effective Policies, A Guide for Executives, Managers, and
Technologists are in the final editing and layout stages.

These guidebooks, prepared by SEARCH under a cooperative agree-
ment from COPS, complement the Law Enforcement Tech Guide: How
to plan, purchase, and manage technology (successfully!), (14 mb)
which SEARCH prepared and COPS published in 2002. Noted SEARCH
Deputy Executive Director Kelly J. Harris, “When used together, these
Tech Guides are an impressive toolset for technology implementation.”

View or download all available Tech Guides at SEARCH’s web site at
http://www.search.org/programs/safety/tech-guide.asp.




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High Tech Crime Training
SEARCH Offers New Training Course: Cell Phone
Investigation
Cell phones are more common today than computers. Terrorist at-
tacks, rapes, assaults, drug-growing operations, child exploitation,
and many other crimes are captured on cell phone cameras and videos
on a daily basis. To conduct a thorough investigation, data has to be
retrieved from cell phones and properly analyzed.

In response to a need in the law enforcement community to keep cur-
rent with criminals who use the latest technology to commit crimes,
in spring 2006 SEARCH began offering a new course designed to
offer investigators an understanding of the basics of cellular telephone
investigation.

In Core Skills for the Investigation of Cellular Telephones, investiga-
tors work hands-on with multiple cellular telephones and the various
tools and data collection methodologies available. Detailed course and
registration information is available at http://www.search.org/pro-        Students at a recent Cell Phone
grams/hightech/.                                                           Investigation class held at SEARCH
                                                                           headquarters in Sacramento
SEARCH Training Services staff also developed a companion docu-            agreed that training in this area is
                                                                           desperately needed due to the huge
ment, “Creating a Cell Phone Investigation Toolkit: Basic Hardware
                                                                           number of cell phones involved in
and Software Specifications,” available at www.search.org/services/        some aspect of crimes committed.
publications/default.asp?category=19 .


New SEARCH Guide for Investigators
Microsoft Xbox 360 Forensic Investigations
A new SEARCH guide, Investigating the Microsoft Xbox 360, shows
investigators how to investigate criminals who are using this com-
puter gaming machine to perpetrate crimes against children. The
Microsoft Xbox 360 is the latest online gaming device on the market
that allows a person to engage others in online competitive electronic
gaming. The guide focuses on what the Xbox 360 is, how it works,
and what information or evidence can be obtained when it’s used as a
tool for criminal purposes.

Instances of the Xbox 360 being used to contact and victimize chil-
dren are already being reported to law enforcement agencies since
its release in late November 2005. Predators play games and interact
with children through online chat and by voice. Voice changer capa-
bilities are also a standard and video is being developed for the Xbox
360.

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                         “The public is aware of the danger of online predators and take precau-
                         tions to monitor their children while online using standard computers,”
                         said Todd Shipley, Director of SEARCH Training Services. “However,
                         many parents are not aware that these new devices that allow a person to
                         engage others in online competitive electronic gaming also open the door
                         to predators. SEARCH’s research and work on developing this guide is in
                         keeping with our mission to move quickly to assist in new areas of need
                         with our technical and forensics expertise to help investigators stay ahead
                         of criminals who use the latest technology to conduct crimes.”

                         The guide is in draft form and is for law enforcement use only. It was
                         prepared by SEARCH under a grant from the U.S. DOJ, Office of Juve-
                         nile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Final publication is
                         expected in August 2006. The Xbox 360 is a registered trademark of the
                         Microsoft® Corporation.


                         Collecting Evidence from a Running Computer
                         Focus of New SEARCH Report
                         Law enforcement is taking a new look at the collection of digital evidence
                         at crime scenes. A new SEARCH report, Collecting Evidence from a
                         Running Computer: A Technical and Legal Primer for the Justice Com-
                         munity, describes for prosecutors and investigators the need for extracting
                         data from a running Windows machine prior to the traditional process of
                         shutting the computer down. Changes in the technology and the available
                         tools now allow the access and analysis of data previously overlooked by
                         investigators. The report focuses on the legal aspects of conducting this
                         kind of investigation and its appropriateness in today’s criminal investiga-
                         tion.

                         “Law enforcement has had a traditional methodology of unplugging com-
                         puters at crime scenes, which resulted in the deletion of data in random
                         access memory (RAM),” noted Todd Shipley, Director of SEARCH
                         Training Services. “Previously, there had been no method of effectively
                         extracting that data for evidentiary use. Changes in today’s technology
                         and the tools available to law enforcement have changed that. SEARCH’s
For updates on           current Advanced Responder course teaches law enforcement about the
SEARCH training          availability of evidence in running Windows systems and how to extract
                         that evidence and preserve it for the investigation.”
courses and a calendar
of upcoming courses,     The report is currently in draft form. It was written in concert with the
                         legal committee of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
see www.search.org/
                         Working Group to support the ongoing effort to change law enforcement
programs/hightech/       philosophy about on-scene data collection. SEARCH prepared the report
                         under a grant from the OJJDP.




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