Arizona SAC Director Takes on New Roles with SEARCH and Global

JRSA Forum. March 2013. Volume 31, Number 1.

SEARCH Membership Group
Arizona SAC Director, and current JRSA President, Phillip Stevenson was appointed by SEARCH Chairman Francis X. Aumand, III as an At-Large representative to the SEARCH Membership Group. This group is responsible for guiding the work of SEARCH staff as they help local, state, and tribal public safety agencies solve their information management and information sharing challenges.

"The membership group consists of one gubernatorial appointee from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. At-large members help broaden SEARCH's perspective by offering a broader range of opinions and incorporating viewpoints from other components of the criminal justice system, such as the judiciary, corrections, academia and research, and local government," explained Dr. Stevenson. "Being an at-large member of the SEARCH membership group will allow me to share the perspective and experiences of my fellow SAC directors and use that information to improve SEARCH's service to public safety agencies nationwide."

"I am pleased Dr. Stevenson has agreed to join the SEARCH Membership as an At-Large appointee," said Chairman Aumand. "With his experience and knowledge of evidence-based practices in the justice system, he will bring a beneficial perspective to the deliberations of the Membership." The appointment was made January 1, 2013, and will run through December 31, 2014.

Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative
In addition to his current roles as Vice Chair of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative Privacy and Information Quality Working Group and as a member of the Global Standards Council, Dr. Stevenson also was recently appointed Vice Chairman of the Global Business Solutions Council (GBSC), a new cross-functional, multidisciplinary group of local, state, tribal, and federal justice representatives whose joint mission is to identify priority justice information sharing business problems and recommend solutions for the field. The GBSC will identify critical information sharing challenges in the justice community and develop associated recommendations and products that can be implemented in the field. The GBSC's identification of these priorities will be achieved through a systematic process that fully considers the interconnected factors of changing political and economic environments, the evolving field of technology, and the dynamic demands on the justice and public safety enterprise. These priorities may include such issues as human trafficking, gun violence, reentry, mental health, or others as the council determines.