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Washington DC Metro PD Project Receives IJIS Institute Innovation Award

Date: 2015-02-02
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Award honors industry and municipal partners for interoperability project  


The IJIS Institute – a nonprofit organization focused on mission-critical information sharing for justice, public safety, and homeland security – is pleased to announce the Washington D.C. Metro Police Department MPD Aware project as the recipient of the IJIS Institute Innovation Award. The award celebrates the accomplishments of the police department along with MPD Aware industry partners, Microsoft and Esri. The award was presented at the Badge & Tech Benefit & Awards Dinner on January 22, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

Above: Chief Cathy L. Lanier and her MPD Aware Team receive the IJIS Institute Innovation Award at the Badge & Tech Benefit & Awards Dinner.  Photo courtesy of the IJIS Institute.

With the MPD Aware project, the Metropolitan Police Department has a unified view across several law enforcement systems that allows for real-time, comprehensive, interdepartmental information sharing using national standards.MPD Aware enables the real-time sharing, analysis, and visualization of normalized information from the 9-1-1 Computer Aided Dispatch, Records Management System, Wants/Warrants, Gun Shot Detection, License Plate Readers, as well as closed-circuit television cameras and geographic information systems for maps, data management, and analytics. This system furthers MPD’s mission in preventing crime and the fear of crime.

Steve Ambrosini, executive director of the IJIS Institute said, “We are pleased that so many innovative nominations were submitted for this, our most prestigious award. The MPD Aware project demonstrated a high level of interoperability and innovation and showcased what public and private sector cooperation can do to further the safety and security of our communities."

Honorable mentions for the IJIS Institute Innovation Award are:

FirstNet-in-Motion: This system is an integrated, tactical collaboration system used by hundreds of first responders for optimizing their response through improved information sharing during the training exercises at Urban Shield 2014. (Agency: Northern California Regional Intelligence Center/Industry Partner: Mutualink)

Large Emergency Event Digital Information Repository: LEEDIR is an eyewitness/citizen photo and video (multi-media) platform consisting of iPhone and Android apps and a website that can be activated by law enforcement and relief agencies during a major emergency event. (Agency: Los Angeles County California Sheriff’s Department/Industry Partners: CitizenGlobal)

The annual IJIS Institute Innovation Award recognizes technical innovation that has contributed significantly to the advancement of integration and interoperability in a justice, public safety or homeland security. The award, which is open to any company providing justice, public safety, or homeland security solutions, is for team achievement by an industry partner and a Federal, state, local, or tribal agency. Esri and Emergency Management magazine were the co-sponsors of this year’s Innovation Award. For more information about the award, please visit:


About the IJIS Institute—The IJIS Institute unites the private and public sectors to improve mission-critical information sharing and safeguarding for those who protect and serve our communities. The IJIS Institute provides training, technical assistance, national scope issue management, and program management services to help government fully realize the power of information sharing. Founded in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with national headquarters on The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, the IJIS Institute has grown to over 400 member companies and individual associates from government, non-profit, and educational institutions from across the United States. For more information, visit our website at:

- People, Places & Things/ (via IJIS Institute, 1/25/15)



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