IJIS Institute

The IJIS Institute is a nonprofit alliance working to promote and enable technology in the public sector and expand the use of information to maximize safety, efficiency, and productivity.

The IJIS Institute has members and associates working within and across several major public-sector domains as our areas of focus: • Criminal Justice (Law Enforcement, Corrections, Courts) • Public Safety (Fire, EMS, Emergency Management) • Homeland Security • Health and Human Services • Transportation IJIS Institute is the only national membership organization that brings together the innovative thinking of the private sector and the practitioners, national practice associations, and academic organizations that are working to solve public sector information and technology challenges. IJIS Institute advocates for policies, processes, and information sharing standards that impact our safety and security, builds knowledge on behalf of our stakeholder groups, and connects the organizations and leaders within the communities of interest. The IJIS Institute provides a trusted forum within and across our areas of focus where resources are developed, collaboration is encouraged, and public-sector stakeholders can realize the benefits of technology and the power of information to keep our communities safe, healthy, and thriving.

Mission: To drive public sector technology innovation and empower information sharing to promote safer and healthier communities.

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Cybersecurity is more important now than ever before. That is why its critical to stay vigilant and adhere to industry standards to ensure your agency/company's cyber defenses aren't lacking. Join the IJIS Institute and 5thColumn on November 4th, at 2 PM (EST) for an informative webinar to discuss the importance of threat and risk management for ALL entities in both the public and private sectors. To find out more and register today, go to: https://app.livestorm.co/ijis-institute/cyber-standards-check-introductory-webinar-presented-by-ijis-and-5th-column.

Unable to attend any of the sessions from this year's virtual #IJISMYB2020? Don't worry; we've got you covered! Recordings for ALL sessions are available on-demand for your viewing here: https://app.livestorm.co/ijis-institute. Just register and view the webinars, free of charge today!


New IJIS Institute Executive Director Appointed - IJIS Institute

The IJIS Institute's Board of Directors appoints Maria Cardiellos as the organization's next Executive Director. Cardiellos brings 38 years of law enforcement, information sharing, and technology experience to the leadership role at IJIS. She is a nationally recognized Justice and Public Safety executive with years of experience in leading numerous successful initiatives both nationally and internationally. To read the full press release, go to: https://www.ijis.org/news/519540/New-IJIS-Institute-Executive-Director-Appointed.htm

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Join us on August 5th at the virtual #IJISMYB2020 for an innovative panel discussion entitled “Leveraging Technologies for the Public-Sector” to identify what is missing (policies, training & education, technologies, etc.) and how solution providers can help combat these issues affecting the public sector. Speakers for this session include:

- Michelle Gregory, Countywide Data Analytics Coordinator, Fairfax County (VA) Dept. of Management & Budget
- Benji Hutchinson, Vice President of Federal Operations, NEC Corporation of America
- Kshemendra Paul, Executive Director/Chief Data Officer, US Department of Veteran Affairs
- Ashwini Jarral, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, IDYA4 - Moderator

Check out the full agenda and register for free today! https://app.livestorm.co/ijis-institute

Registration is now available for the IJIS Institute's virtual Mid-Year Briefing and Member Forum scheduled for August 5-6! This summer's #IJISMYB2020 will feature a series of interactive webinars centered around ensuring business continuity during crises like the pandemic and other life-altering events. Register today by going to: https://app.livestorm.co/ijis-institute

REMINDER: For those interested in applying for the IJIS Institute's Executive Director position, ALL application materials must be submitted by the end of the day today (6/12). To see if you're a good fit for the role and to find out more, go to:https://cdn.ymaws.com/ijis.site-ym.com/resource/collection/A89AE9B1-9FAB-476F-BC71-51204581B20A/IJIS_Executive_Director_Job_Description_Flyer_05122020.pdf

ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the ongoing concerns with the #COVID19 Pandemic, the IJIS Institute has decided to convert the in-person Mid-Year Briefing and Membership Forum (initially scheduled for July 14-15 in Orlando, FL) to be delivered virtually on August 5-6. We will be putting together a series of interactive webinars centered around the lessons learned, best practices, leveraged technologies, and funding opportunities from the Pandemic. To find out more, go to: https://ijis.site-ym.com/news/508156/Mid-Year-Briefing-and-Membership-Forum-Announcement.htm

Looking to improve your company's #CJIS compliance? Check out the IJIS Institute's recently published "Criminal Justice Background Check Playbook: An Industry Best Practice Guide". This playbook was developed by the Institute's Background Check Working Group to help companies in developing policies and procedures for compliance among local, state, federal, and tribal governments with CJIS access.

To view the full document, go to:https://cdn.ymaws.com/ijis.site-ym.com/resource/collection/93F7DF36-8973-4B78-A190-0E786D87F74F/CJIS_BackgroundCheckPB_FINAL.pdf

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NIJ’s Bill Ford Receives the 2020 IJIS Institute Shumate Award

Mr. Ford received the award for the countless contributions he has made to the justice and public safety communities throughout his distinguished career. His devotion to the law enforcement community has provided a better understanding of the needs of practitioners while resulting in more effective and positive processes. His continued support has touched the lives of thousands of men and women who serve and protect. Additionally, his thought leadership in this field has increased officer safety and security while vastly improving information sharing efforts globally.

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SAVE THE DATE: This summer, the IJIS Institute is hosting the Mid-Year Briefing and Member Forum at the beautiful Omni Resort in Championsgate, Florida, on July 15-16. The #ijisbriefing2020 provides attendees with a unique opportunity to collaborate with executives and practitioners from both industry and government on national initiatives affecting justice, public safety, education, health and human services, and homeland security mission areas. You don’t want to miss it!

To register and find out more information, go to: https://ijis.site-ym.com/page/Midyear_Briefing.


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On April 16th, the IJIS Institute is hosting a webinar on the impacts of video evidence on the #CriminalJustice domain. The workshop will present a case study on the analysis of the processes for review and the handling of video evidence as it impacts the entire criminal justice system.

The presenters will report on the collaborative work with prosecutors and other stakeholders across the criminal justice system to determine staffing and the creation of a cost model to evaluate alternative policies for implementation. To register and find out more, go to: https://ijis.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1353055&group=

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Next week, the IJIS Institute will be hosting the fourth occurrence of our Corrections Leadership Technology Forum in Tysons Corner, VA. This biennial event brings together leaders from across the Corrections spectrum to discuss not only the challenges they face, but also the advances in technology that can help improve safety and efficiencies in the Corrections environment.

Learning more about reducing risks, costs, and overcoming other challenges through advanced technology and the sharing of critical information can help promote awareness and improved public safety. Be sure to stay tuned for more updates throughout the week!


Wondering how your business or organization benefits from joining the IJIS community? Check out our new Membership Guide to explore the true value of supporting the IJIS Institute and our important mission of driving public sector technology innovation and empowering information sharing to promote safer and healthier communities.https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.ijis.org/resource/resmgr/new_membership_info/ijis_membership_toolkit.pdf



Awards - IJIS Institute

Looking for a chance to recognize a colleague, peer or organization for their outstanding work and contributions? Good news: the IJIS Institute is now accepting nominations for three annual awards that will be presented February 26-27 at the National Symposium in McLean, Virginia. All nominations must be submitted by COB on December 20th, 2019. For more information, go to: https://www.ijis.org/page/Awards

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Exploring the Advisory Committees - Part I - IJIS Institute

Over the next several weeks, we will release a spotlight blog focusing on one of the five different IJIS advisory committees. We will explore the true benefits of being an active participant on these advisory committees, while providing insight on objectives and current projects taking place within these groups. For more information on the six-part series, check out the introductory blog here: https://www.ijis.org/blogpost/1240955/331488/Exploring-the-Advisory-Committees--Part-I

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Facial Recognition: How Policy Can Catch Up to the Technology | NEC Today

Executive Director, Ashwini Jarral, recently participated in a panel discussion on the challenges and solutions for public policy on facial recognition. The panel was moderated by Chair of the Board of Directors, Benji Hutchinson, at NEC Corporation's 33rd Annual International Biometrics Association User Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information on the discussion, check out Benji Hutchinson's full blog here: https://nectoday.com/facial-recognition-how-policy-can-catch-up-to-the-technology/#

nectoday.com Facial Recognition: How Policy Can Catch Up to the Technology Posted by Benji Hutchinson on September 5, 2019September 5, 2019 Posted in Biometrics, Conference, Government, Law Enforcement Facial recognition (FR) stands at a critical point in its development. The technology is racing forward and imp...

[09/11/19]   Today the IJIS Institute joins the nation in remembering the victims and brave first responders of the tragic 9/11 attacks. #NeverForget


Executive Leadership Seminar: Promises and Perils of Law Enforcement Information Technology - Powered by Eventzilla

Don't forget to register for the Executive Leadership Seminar, September 4-5, in Sayetville, NJ! The two-day event, co-hosted by Police Foundation, Rutgers University Center on Policing & IJIS Institute, is intended for #lawenforcement executives in national, state and local agencies and organizations. The case-study-oriented seminar is being held to discuss the benefits that current and emerging information technologies can do to improving law enforcement operations and the challenges that adoption of advanced technologies bring to agency with ways to mitigate risks. To register and find out more on full-event details, go to: https://events.eventzilla.net/e/executive-leadership-seminar-promises-and-perils-of-law-enforcement-information-technology-2138748470



The IJIS Factor - IJIS Institute

IT industry leaders set to provide strategic guidance and governance of the IJIS Institute. To find out more on the newly appointed Board of Directors, go to: https://www.ijis.org/blogpost/1240955/The-IJIS-Factor

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Join your peers at the 2019 IJIS Institute Mid-Year Briefing and Member Forum at the beautiful Omni Orlando Resort in Championsgate, Florida! The August 21-22 event features educational sessions, interactive meetings and panels, and opportunities to collaborate and network with practitioners and executives from industry and government. Agenda topics focus on issues that impact your operational mission areas. Registration is only $100 for government reps! For more information on the event and to view the full agenda, go to: https://www.ijis.org/page/Midyear_Briefing

Interested in learning from and engaging with top executives in both industry and government on topics of critical importance like School Safety, Biometrics, and much more? Good news, plan on attending our upcoming Mid-Year Briefing, the registration rate is only $100 for government, academic, and non-profit reps! You don't want to miss out on the opportunity to hear from the following speakers:

-Michael Costigan, Chief of Staff, Office of Justice Programs, The United States Department of Justice
- Michael D. Deleon, Assistant Director, CJIS Division, FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Manuel D. Soto, Emergency Manager, Office of Emergency Management, City of Orlando

For more information on the event and to view the full agenda, go to: https://lnkd.in/dTtxTi2

REMINDER: Don't forget to sign up for our Executive Leadership Seminar, co-hosted by the National Police Foundation and the Center on Policing at Rutgers University, September 4-5. This seminar is the first of a three-part series on the Advancing Public Safety Information Technology Professional Development Program. Join us to hear from experts like Jim Burch, President of the National Police Foundation, who previously served on the Department of Justice for more than 20 years. At the Justice Department, Mr. Burch led many key initiatives to advance policing and criminal justice using data, technology and evidence-based crime reduction and policing strategies. To learn more and register, go to: https://lnkd.in/d3zejPC.

The IJIS Institute’s Mid-Year Briefing and Member Forum is right around the corner! Check out the updated agenda for the event August 21-22 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate, Florida. You don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to hear from top executives in industry and government on topics of school safety, background checks, cloud security and more.https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.ijis.org/resource/resmgr/docs/events_conf/2019_ijis_myb_mbrforum_agend.pdf

Registration is now open for our Mid-Year Briefing and Member Forum! Join us in Orlando to gain exclusive access of knowledge and engage in constructive dialogue about current policies, technology trends, issues and solutions with top executives in both industry and government. This year’s topics will include: school safety, cloud security, public safety and many more! By attending this event, you will also get unique insight to our members and their work through our various Advisory Committees. To register and find out more go to: https://lnkd.in/dVXpdAb

Less than one month away until our #Blockchain Technology Summit at Microsoft in Reston, Virginia. Registration ends June 14th - you don't want to miss it! Find out more and register here: https://www.ijis.org/page/blockchainsummit
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OJP Bureau of Justice Assistance

JUST ANNOUNCED: #BJAFunding to implement or expand the use of body-worn cameras in order to support federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies and promote both officer safety and public safety.

Applications Due: June 5, 2019


Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies FY 2019 Competitive Grant Announcement - Applications Due: June 5, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by promoting the safety of law enforcement officers and citizens.

Law enforcement agencies across the United States and throughout the world are using body-worn cameras (BWCs) as a promising tool to improve evidentiary outcomes, and enhance the safety of, and improve interactions between, both officers and the public. The FY 2019 BWC Policy and Implementation Program (PIP) directly supports a key priorities of the Department of Justice by promoting the safety of law enforcement officers and citizens. BWCs can provide critical visual and audio records of interactions. A growing body of research findings indicate that the presence of BWCs can reduce the use of force by assisting in the de-escalation of conflicts. Research also suggests that BWCs can have a moderating effect on citizens and can help strengthen accountability and transparency in citizen-police interactions.

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on June 5, 2019. (https://www.bja.gov/BWC19)



Request for Proposal | Interstate Commission for Juveniles

The Interstate Commission for Juveniles released an RFP to develop JUSTICE: the JUvenile System for Tracking Interstate Compact Events. The RFP is available at http://juvenilecompact.org/rfp beginning April 1, 2019, with a due date of May 17, 2019.

juvenilecompact.org The Interstate Commission for Juveniles seeks a vendor to upgrade a forms management system to a customized web-based application to support the business processes associated with compact-related business. Interested parties should review the ICJ RPF document and submit questions and responses accor...


The Bureau of Justice Statistics and RTI International recently released a report examining victimization law enforcement data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) to examine whether violent crime increased in portions of Montana and North Dakota located within the Bakken shale formation. The study focused on the years 2006 to 2012, a period of rapid expansion in oil drilling and production in the area. Results show that rates of violent victimization increased from 2008 to 2012, the key period during which oil production activity boomed in the Bakken region. During this same period, violent victimizations did not increase in nearby counties outside of the Bakken region. Additional data examined as part of the report show that relatively swift socioeconomic changes and population growth preceded the increase in rates of violent victimization. The rate of aggravated assault increased more than other violent crime types, rising approximately 70%. Between 2008 and 2012 there was a significant increase in interpersonal violence against both males and females. While males experienced a higher increase in violent victimization during this period, the annual rate of female violent victimization was consistently higher than the annual rate for males for each year between 2006 to 2012. For full report: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/bjs/grants/252619.pdf


History of the IJIS Institute

IJIS Institute Begins as the Industry Working Group

In the first half of 1999, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Assistance (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) invited members of the justice information technology community to participate in national-level discussions around integrated justice and how it is designed, specified, and procured. The DOJ 📷also sought industry input on issues such as IT technical and functional standards that are employed by justice agencies. To answer this call, industry leaders formed an advisory group comprised of representatives from firms with strong criminal justice expertise. This group came to be known as the Industry Working Group (IWG).

The IWG Becomes the IJIS Institute

In April 2001, the IWG formed the Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Institute as a nonprofit corporation. This independent organization was formed to undertake the many activities that an ad-hoc group, such as the IWG, could not participate in because of its lack of a legal structure. A Board of Directors was elected by the membership to oversee the IJIS Institute’s activities.

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