Technical Assistance

The SEARCH Law & Policy Program provides the following technical assistance, which is funded primarily through two grants from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. For more information on SEARCH Law & Policy Technical Assistance, or to apply, please contact Owen Greenspan at

  • Technical Assistance for Criminal History Improvement
    SEARCH offers assistance toward the development of effective information management policies to improve the quality, completeness and immediate accessibility of criminal histories and related information, as well as ensuring the nationwide implementation of criminal justice and non-criminal justice background check systems.

  • Tribal Violence Prevention Technical Assistance
    SEARCH offers on-site or in-house technical assistance to support Tribal jurisdictions’ efforts to develop program initiatives and activities or improve Tribal record systems and processes. This includes the collection, sharing, and use of criminal history records, as well as encompassing efforts to improve crime reporting and to address cultural sensitivities to information sharing and privacy concerns. Technical assistance is also provided to help Tribal Jurisdictions respond to the sex offender registration and notification requirements of Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

  • Privacy Policy Development Technical Assistance
    SEARCH offers on-site or in-house technical assistance to support the development of responsible and effective privacy policies to protect personally identifiable information (PII) collected during the course of criminal justice operations. PII can include name, identifying numbers, education or medical history, race, religion, and other data elements. PII protection is particularly important in the criminal justice environment, as those from whom the information is collected - such as crime victims, witnesses and others - are often not willing participants in the criminal justice process. Information in expunged or sealed criminal records should also be protected by strong privacy policies.