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The George Washington University College of Professional Studies Unveils New Graduate Certificate in Justice and Public Safety Information Management

October 09, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Latarsha Gatlin
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ASHBURN, Va. – The George Washington University College of Professional Studies is offering a new graduate certificate in Justice and Public Safety Information Management to begin with the Spring 2013 semester.

The new graduate certificate is offered in conjunction with the IJIS Institute, a non-profit organization that focuses on mission-critical information sharing. The program provides a comprehensive and strategic understanding of policy, best practices and strategies related to information technology and data management. Students will graduate with a firm understanding of the challenges and contemporary solutions related to information sharing and safeguarding information and be able to apply current concepts and standards of enterprise architecture to justice and public safety fields.

This 15-credit graduate certificate may be completed in three semesters, or may be taken as a concentration in the master’s program in Safety and Security Leadership. Classes will be offered online and one weekend per month at GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Va.

“Over the past decade, security and public safety organizations have been shifting toward more informed strategies and tactics to tackle current and emerging threats,” said Frederic Lemieux, director of the Justice and Public Safety Information Management and Security and Safety Leadership programs at GW. “Structuring, analyzing, and sharing information is more crucial than ever before. We partnered with IJIS to offer a graduate certificate that will strengthen and complement the information management skills of justice and public safety professionals."

Paul Wormeli, executive director of the IJIS Institute, said, “The IJIS Institute is very pleased to be collaborating with the College of Professional Studies in delivering this important educational offering. We are confident that this program will help fill the gap in highly educated and competent professionals for the field of justice information technology management.  Executives throughout the justice and public safety world are seeking more staff to help integrate advanced technology into their programs, and this educational offering will help enormously.”

About GW's College of Professional Studies

Established in 2001, The George Washington University College of Professional Studies (CPS) is dedicated to adult learners and working professionals. CPS offers undergraduate and graduate programs that address the competency requirements of adults working in emerging and rapidly changing professions. The Master of Professional Studies degree in Security and Safety Leadership (SSL) is designed to meet the professional development needs of individuals who are involved in the public or private safety sectors in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, and have experience in law enforcement, emergency management, corporate security, transportation security, fire service, public safety, public health preparedness, or the military.  For more information, please visit

About The IJIS Institute
The IJIS Institute unites the private and public sectors to improve mission-critical information sharing 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 nearly 200 member and affiliate companies across the United States. For more information, please visit