JRSA Forum, June 2012, Volume 30, Number 2


Feature Articles

Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse in the States

SACs Aid Efforts to Monitor Prescription Drug Abuse

IES Offers Resources and Research Opportunities for Correctional Education Researchers

National Scene

ASUCRP Gathers in Baltimore for Annual Conference

BJS Deputy Director Ramker Wins 2012 SEARCH Award


NJJEC Assesses Evaluation Needs of OJJDP Grantees

JRSA Welcomes New Staff Member

SAC News

Iowa, Kentucky, South Carolina, West Virginia, Wyoming

Using Social Media to Improve Information Sharing in West Virginia

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Karen F. Maline, Editor
Nancy Michel, Managing Editor


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Stephen Haas, Vice President
Carmen Dorsey, Secretary/ Treasurer
Lisa Broidy, Delegate
Lisa Shoaf, Delegate
David Olson, Appointed Delegate
Jackie Vandercook, Past President

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BJS Deputy Director Ramker Wins 2012 SEARCH Award

Gerard Ramker photo The SEARCH Board of Directors awarded Dr. Gerard (Gerry) Ramker, Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the 2012 O.J. Hawkins Award for Innovative Leadership and Outstanding Contributions in Criminal Justice Information Systems, Policy and Statistics. In addition to his leadership qualities, the Board cited:

  • his work to improve justice administration and public safety by supporting national efforts to develop, manage, and responsibly share criminal justice information;
  • the time and effort he dedicates to working cooperatively with the states on strategies to improve criminal history recordkeeping; and
  • his effectiveness, approachability, and involvement.

The O.J. Hawkins Award is SEARCH's highest practitioner honor, and it formally acknowledges an individual's service, dedication, and contributions that have improved the justice community's ability to develop and use criminal justice information. In particular, recipients of this award have made outstanding contributions that have a broad-ranging impact, often affecting multiple states, justice disciplines, or branches of government. It is the only nationally recognized, competitive award for contributions in the field of criminal justice information management, and is named for Orville J. (Bud) Hawkins, who was SEARCH's first Chairman and Executive Director.

Dr. Ramker was nominated for the award by SEARCH members Donna Uzzell (FL), Liane Moriyama (HA), and Dawn Peck (ID). As SEARCH members, representatives of state criminal history repositories, and members of the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council, they have had the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Ramker over the years. They note that while at BJS, Dr. Ramker has been "a strong and conscientious supporter" of funding to the states through NCHIP (National Criminal History Improvement Program), NICS (National Instant Criminal History Background System), and other major initiatives.

Dr. Ramker joined BJS in October 2004 as Chief of the Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program and administered, among other programs, the State Justice Statistics Program, as well as the National Criminal History Improvement Program, the Tribal Criminal History Record Improvement Program, and the Stalking and Domestic Violence Records Improvement Program. Prior to joining BJS, Dr. Ramker had a 20-year career with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he was director of its Research and Analysis Unit, the state's Statistical Analysis Center. As SAC Director, he served on JRSA's Executive Committee as Secretary/Treasurer. SEARCH plans to present the 2012 O.J. Hawkins Award to Dr. Ramker at a ceremony later this year.