Letter from the President
I would like to take this opportunity to greet all my fellow members and provide an update on what is happening with the Missouri IAI since the last conference in 2015.
At the 2015 Educational conference, Tanya Hiner was elected as President, I was elected 1st vice-president and Alisha Engle was elected 2nd vice-president for the 2015-2016 term. In the first part of 2016, President Hiner had some unexpected opportunities and changed employment, leaving the state of Missouri. Due to the drastic changes, President Hiner respectfully submitted her resignation as President on April 25th, 2016.
On April 26th, 2016 I accepted the responsibilities of the Missouri IAI President and on April 27th, 2016 Alisha Engle accepted the responsibilities of 1st vice-President. On June 14th, 2016 I appointed Alan Mitchell II as 2nd vice-president. Dale Perry remained in the position as Board Chairman.
While that is a lot of change, I want to assure our members that we are still on track for a great educational conference in October 2016. We have quite a schedule established with multiple topics to choose from in a similar fashion as the parent conference. For this conference, we will have courses related to the disciplines of impression, fingerprints and digital imaging. My hope is to continue growing as an organization, and in conference attendance, allowing us to offer various topics that appeal to all different kinds of professional needs and interests.
My goal for the remaining year is to:
- Increase awareness of the Missouri IAI organization and Educational Conference to the relevant departments and organizations within the state of Missouri and Arkansas. It is our mission to not only further member professionalism through education, but also personal connection. When members form relationships with other members we grow stronger and better through those connections. This organization exists to help facilitate opportunities for these connections to occur.
- Further invest in the Educational Conference by gaining additional instructors, vendors and offering more to attendees. My hopes are that this will result in a growth of our membership numbers and increase conference attendance. This is a priority to me because the greater our numbers, the more we can offer our members and attendees. It is a positive cycle that can have such a great return on investment.
- Structure the conference in a similar format as the parent conference and POST certify as much as the training as possible. With budgets being as tight as ever, it is important for us to offer the best conference possible that can be relied upon and provide the greatest return on investment an agency, organization or individual can get for the money.
- Lastly, I would like to increase member activity in the Missouri IAI. This organization is for the members and administered by the members. We need as many members to get involved as possible. This could be as simple as recruiting new members and as involved as running for a board position. I encourage anyone who is interested in doing even a little more for our organization to get in touch with me.
Our membership is diverse and made up of lab technicians, field investigators and commissioned officers and deputies. However, we all have the same common goal of scientifically investigating evidence to solve crimes. The Missouri IAI is all about bringing us together and furthering our professionalism, knowledge and abilities. During my time as president, I will work toward that end, making our organization the best it can be.
Missouri Division of the International Association for Identification