SEARCH Honors Mission Critical Partners’ Kathryn Monfreda

Will receive Gary R. Cooper Award for meritorious service over a career that spans nearly five decadesSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. (April 4, 2022)—The board of directors of SEARCH recently selected Kathryn Monfreda — who recently joined Mission Critical Partners — as the recipient of the 2022 Gary R. Cooper Award for meritorious service. SEARCH is a nonprofit organization that has supported information sharing in the justice sector for more than a half-century. The award is named for the organization’s longtime executive director and first was given in 1985.

Monfreda’s career spans nearly five decades. She began by serving as a police identification technician for the Menominee Falls (Wisconsin) Police Department before moving to the Alaska State Troopers as a latent print examiner. Monfreda then served for a dozen years as an identification technician for the Anchorage (Alaska) Police Department, where she collected, processed, evaluated, and identified latent prints; maintained the department’s tenprint fingerprint file; and processed crime scenes.

In September 2021, Monfreda retired from the Alaska Department of Public Safety, for which she served in a variety of roles for more than a quarter century, including director of the agency’s criminal records and identification bureau.

Monfreda joined Mission Critical Partners, a leader in professional and managed services for public-sector and mission-critical organizations, in March 2022, as a project manager. In this capacity, Monfreda will work on projects related to criminal justice information systems (CJIS). Monfreda is a certified latent print examiner, police instructor, and procurement officer who has achieved the following career highlights:

  • Alaska state representative to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC)
  • Alaska state representative to Nlets[1], including serving on its technical operations committee
  • Alaska state representative to SEARCH, serving as vice chair and for two terms on its board of directors
  • Member of the CJIS advisory policy board, while also serving on several subcommittees
  • Member of the Western Identification Network board of directors and executive committee
  • Chair of the Alaska Criminal Justice Information advisory board

Since its inception 13 years ago, MCP has employed a proven methodology that is designed to recruit “A” players to the firm. This is to ensure that MCP is able to serve its clients and support their missions to the highest degree, according to Darrin Reilly, president and chief executive officer.

“Kathryn is the latest example of the industry’s best and brightest landing at MCP, and the SEARCH award is unmistakable evidence of that,” Reilly said. “We can’t wait to see the impact that she will have on moving information sharing forward across the entire public safety/justice ecosystem.”

Monfreda will receive the 2022 award on July 19 during SEARCH’s annual membership group meeting in Denver.

[1] Formerly the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System.

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Posted on April 13, 2022