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COVID-19 Update from the IJIS Executive Director

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Dear Valued IJIS Institute Members, Associates and Partners:

Let me start by thanking all our first responders and health and public safety professionals who are tirelessly responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic, protecting us and are dedicated to keeping our communities safe.  I also hope that you, and your families and friends are safe and healthy. 

I wanted to take this opportunity to keep you updated on our IJIS status during this unprecedented and critical time in our history.  We are happy to report that IJIS business activities are moving forward without great challenge.  This is due to our staff and the infrastructure we put in place during the last few years, and because of that planning, COVID-19 has had little impact while we conduct our normal business operations. Thankfully we continue to serve our members and government customers without interruption. 

I am also glad to report that we continue to secure new members who believe in our mission and who see an opportunity through IJIS, to engage and contribute to the community during these tough times.  IJIS has continued to grow our program side of the business and we have created even more opportunities for our members.  To help support our constituency during the COVID-19 crisis, I am also happy to report that we were able to pull together a resource page that provides information on various solutions and capabilities offered by our members and made available to the public safety community.  That link to our website is as follows: https://ijis.site-ym.com/page/COVID_19_Resources. If you have a solution or a resource that you would like to post on this page, please feel free to submit that through the following site: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YSVP9FC.

Other updates to share include our continued review of options for our summer Membership and Mid-Year Briefing currently scheduled for July 15-16th in Orlando, Florida.  As we explore various options and ultimately make the final decision on how to deliver this valuable event, I would like to request your input to this process.  We have created a short survey to collect your feedback.  Please use the following link at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NYJJ86C to submit your feedback over the next week.  Your input will be greatly appreciated.  We hope to make the final decision about the event by mid-May and we will share that news soon thereafter.

In closing, I would like to thank each of you for supporting the IJIS Institute during these tough times.  Your commitment to our mission, and your engagement with the committees, task forces, projects and initiatives is especially appreciated. We could not be successful without your continued involvement with IJIS. Together, we will overcome this pandemic and hope to gather soon to discuss our collective role in trying to stop this kind of situation from happening again in our lifetime, or ever! 

Please stay safe and healthy.

Best Regards,

Ashwini Jarral

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