Dr. Natalie Chrastil Appointed Wyoming Representative to SEARCH

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Dr. Natalie Chrastil, Deputy Director of the Criminal Justice Information Section (CJIS), Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), is the newest governor appointee to the SEARCH Membership Group.

Wyoming Governor Matthew H. Mead made the appointment on January 23, 2012.

In making the appointment, Gov. Mead said, "I believe you will find... Deputy Director Chrastil to be an excellent addition to your organization. Her dedication to the criminal justice system has led the Wyoming Criminal Justice Information Systems to become a model for the nation."

Dr. Chrastil serves as Wyoming's representative to Nlets, and is a member of the Western Identification Network (WIN) Board of Directors.

The Wyoming DCI is part of the Office of the Wyoming Attorney General that handles investigatory, state crime laboratory, and identification responsibilities. The CJIS is the section comprised of criminal records and control terminal units. These units are responsible for the state's computerized criminal history system (CCH), concealed firearm permit program, sex offender registration systems, Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS), and operation of the Wyoming Criminal Justice Information Network (WCJIN). The WCJIN is the state control terminal agency for the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (Nlets). In addition, the control terminal unit operates a missing persons clearinghouse and is the liaison agency for the state's Amber Alert plan.

In other SEARCH Membership news, SEARCH thanks these departing Members for their service:

  • Arkansas Member Danny Ormand, Director of the Arkansas Crime Information Center, retired from state service on January 31, 2012. He had been a SEARCH Member since April 2009.
  • Rhode Island Member Lt. Colonel Raymond S. White, Chief Administrative Officer of the Rhode Island State Police, has retired. He had been a SEARCH Member since March 2009.

The SEARCH Membership Group, which governs SEARCH, is comprised of one gubernatorial appointee from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories, as well as eight at-large appointees selected by SEARCH's Chair. This national body of state-level professionals is widely representative of the various disciplines within the justice system, and many are responsible for operational decisions and policymaking concerning the management of criminal justice information, particularly criminal history information. The Membership Group fosters cooperation and communication among justice system professionals in identifying and implementing solutions to common problems.