New SEARCH Members Appointed in New York, Oklahoma and Maine

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SEARCH is pleased to announce three new appointments to the SEARCH Membership Group:

  • New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo appointed Mr. Joseph N. Morrissey to be the state's representative on the SEARCH Membership Group, effective June 17, 2013. Mr. Morrissey works within the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) as Director of the Office of Criminal Justice Operations.

    The DCJS is a multi-function criminal justice support agency. Housed in the Division are the state's criminal history fingerprint files. The core business function of the Office of Criminal Justice Operations is receiving, processing, and identifying criminal, civil, and crime scene fingerprints against a base file of more than 40 million fingerprint images.

  • Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin appointed Mr. Dave Page to be the state's representative on the SEARCH Membership Group, effective July 1, 2013. Mr. Page works within the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) as Director of the Information Services Division.

    The Division includes the Crime Data Collection and Analysis Unit, which serves the state's Statistical Analysis Center (SAC). The Division manages the OSBI database of fingerprints and public requests for criminal history information; oversees icensing and regulation of concealed handgun permits; provides training to local law enforcement agencies; and is responsible for the collecting, analyzing, and disseminating criminal justice information.

  • Maine Governor Paul R. LePage appointed Mr. Matthew Ruel to be the state's representative on the SEARCH Membership Group, effective July 26, 2013. Mr. Ruel works within the Maine State Police as Director of the Maine State Bureau of Identification (SBI).

    The SBI operates the central repository for criminal history record information, managing the data through the entire justice process. The Bureau also manages the state's component of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, administers and maintains the Sex Offender Registry, and collects and interprets crime statistics.

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.