Meet the Experts Brian

January 2013

Get to know aamva's director of law enforcement

Meet Brian Ursino, AAMVA’s Director of Law Enforcement. He’s the expert AAMVA members can turn to as a conduit between DMVs and the law enforcement community. “As Director of Law Enforcement, I’m the staff liaison to the Enforcement Standing Committee. I think the best way to describe what I do is to talk about the mission statement of the committee, and that’s to improve collaboration between DMV and law enforcement administrators to improve public and traffic safety,” says Ursino.

Brian’s a natural fit as AAMVA’s connection to law enforcement. He retired from the Washington State Patrol in February 2010 after more than 30 years of service, with his last five years as Assistant Chief. “Washington State has traditionally been heavily involved in AAMVA; my former boss, Chief John Batiste, was a Region IV Board Member,” says Ursino, who came to AAMVA in March 2010. “I was very interested in the work of AAMVA and joining the organization, so I applied and was fortunate enough to get the position.”

As staff liaison to the Enforcement Standing Committee, Brian has been instrumental in crafting resources and best practices for the AAMVA community, such as the recently-released Best Practices Guide for Improving Automated License Plate Reader Effectiveness through Uniform License Plate Design and Manufacture.  He says his work with the Enforcement Standing Committee is just one example of how AAMVA combines our staff and members’ expertise and experiences to create useful, valuable resources for the entire community. 

“AAMVA can be thought of as a think tank,” says Ursino. “AAMVA provides solutions to problems that are shared by multiple jurisdictions. It also is an association that not only provides our members with services but also provides innovative ideas, best practice solutions, and provides recommendations for standardization.”

Like other experts at AAMVA, Brian regularly fields questions from AAMVA members and works to find solutions to the issues and challenges they face.  For example, he says, when Maryland MVA was seeking guidance in drafting a policy for using Automated License Plate Readers, Brian was able to direct that jurisdiction not only to AAMVA’s own best practice guide, but also to a resource at the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

“Often times, I’ll get phone calls from somebody with a particular problem, and it’s all about knowing what certain jurisdictions have dealt with in terms of issues, who has solutions, and connecting people,” says Ursino. “So if I get a phone call from someone who is dealing with a particular issue, I often times can connect them with another jurisdiction or administrator from another jurisdiction who has dealt with that and has implemented a solution. I get them talking to each other - that is, if I don’t have a solution myself.”