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Letter from the President about the 2020 Educational Conference:

Greetings MOIAI Members:
     The purpose of this letter is to inform everyone of the state of this year’s Educational Conference. As you know, the Conference was originally scheduled for last April, and was then rescheduled for October, in the hopes that the global pandemic would subside by then. It has become apparent that holding a conference this year, while perhaps technically possible, would not be responsible. The health and safety of our membership is of the utmost importance. Therefore, the MO IAI Educational Conference for 2020 has been GONE DIGITAL. In lieu of the traditional meeting, we will be providing, FREE of charge, the links to two webinars, as well as holding a short business meeting to vote on new officers. These will take place on the same days as our previously-scheduled meeting, October 22nd and 23rd, 2020. A link for the business meeting will be sent out next week, for those that would like to attend.
I appreciate everyone’s patience as we all learn to navigate the new normal. For those of you that may be interested, the Foster and Freeman online webinars will take place via Zoom, at 10a.m. (central time). The classes are 1 to 2 hours long and will be interactive, as those viewing the class will be able to type questions that can be answered during the webinar presentation. The descriptions for, and links to register for, the webinars can be found below. I hope everyone can take advantage of this free training.
As also mentioned in the past, the organization is looking for its next leaders. If you are interested in filling a position, please share your contact information, the position(s) you are interested in, and a little bit about why you think you would be the best candidate to fill the position using the interest form by October 21, 2020.

     Meanwhile, planning is also underway for the next MO IAI Educational Conference that we anticipate taking place at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri, in April of 2021. If any members have certain topics that they would like to see covered at the Conference, please share. Also, if any members are seeking to advance their level of certification from the IAI to “Senior Crime Scene Analyst,” making a presentation on some phase of crime scene investigation to a professional organization is a great way to satisfy the requirement for that application.  

     If you or another professional are willing and interested to present at the 2021 Conference, let us know.

     With your help, we can hopefully make the best of 2020, and then make 2021 the best Conference ever!

 Thank you and stay safe!

Emily Yim

 

 

 

Change of President:

Letter from the President

   Greetings MO IAI members. After an unexpected career opportunity arose for our past President James Yim, he retired from his position as an Evidence Technician at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and was required to vacate his position as President of the MO IAI, which he did so reluctantly. As the First Vice President, I am taking over the responsibilities. My name is Emily Yim, and I am an 18 year veteran of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, with the past 6 years of my career being spent in the Crime Laboratory as an Evidence Technician and Certified Crime Scene Investigator. My current goal is to help make our Spring Educational Conference successful. This year’s 2-day conference will be held once again at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri, on Thursday, April 16 through Friday, April 17th. We have several interesting and unique lecturers lined up to give presentations this year. With the time drawing ever near to have all the details of the Conference ironed out, I am sending out a plea to all of our members for ideas to continue to make our Educational Conferences successful and to continue to serve all of our members in a beneficial way. We need involvement and input from our members in order to be a useful and successful organization. Would you or anyone you know would be interested in serving on the Board or presenting as a speaker at a future conference? Is there a topic your Department would like training in, or is there something specific you would like a refresher on? Let us know! I welcome any and all suggestions and involvement from our members. Remember, serving on the board or presenting a lecture at a conference looks great on your C.V. and could assist you in obtaining further accolades when it comes to applying for certifications. Also, we are always looking for new members. If there are new lab or crime scene employees in your department, help us spread the word and recruit new members! I would like to thank all of the current board members for pulling together through some adverse times and helping me organize this year’s conference. I am confident it will be informative and fun. I hope to see you there!

Respectfully,
P.O. Emily Yim, CCSI 

 

 

 

Change:
We voted and passed a Constitutional change, that was propped on 2017 and voted for in 2018.

Article XVI
SECTION 1. Any motion to change the Constitution of the division must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the members in attendance at the business meeting held during the Annual Conference and, if approved, must be published in entirety in the official publication of the Division, but shall then be carried over to the convening or continuation of the next business meeting for final passage and adoption by a two-thirds vote.

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SECTION 1. Any motion to change the Constitution of the Division must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the members in attendance at the business meeting held during the Annual Conference and, if approved, must be published in entirety in the official publication of the Division, but shall then be carried over to the next Annual Conference for final passage and adoption by a two-thirds vote.

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