Letter from the President

Greetings to all of our MOIAI members! My name is James Yim and I am a veteran of over 20 years with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, assigned to the Evidence Technician Unit.

First off, I want to say that it is an honor and privilege to serve as the MOIAI President for the 2019-2020 term.

I wanted to thank everyone who attended the 2019 Conference this Spring, especially the vendors who took the time to be there to show their support and display what they had to offer.

This year was unique because we were challenged with the task of finding a new venue and after a vigorous search, we were able to make a decision and hold our annual meeting at the Lodge of Four Seasons in the Lake of the Ozarks. Not only that, but we also moved our annual conference from the Fall to the Spring, giving us less than normal time to set everything up. I wanted to give a special thanks to our 2018-2019 President Allen Mitchell and our Treasurer Danielle Clifton who worked hard to make this happen. Unfortunately, there was a late cancellation from a presenter on the latent print side; however we were able to proceed and make this a successful conference.

My Vision for the 2020 Conference and the MOIAI overall is to offer a variety of topics that would benefit every member in their perspective field. In order to do that, I challenge each member to give me feedback about what they think would be most beneficial to them and build off of that. My goal is to offer everyone a conference that will not only be informative but help establish a foundation to be able to network with each other.

In closing, we are again looking to host the conference in the spring of 2020 at the Lodge of the Four Seasons and I am already working on presenters for next year. Please feel free to contact me with any ideas or recommendations. I want to make 2020 the best one yet!

 James Yim

Missouri Division of the International Association for Identification