Bob Greeves has been a senior policy advisor at the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for the past 15 years. In his long-term role as a proponent of information sharing and collaboration across the criminal justice system, Mr. Greeves was the driving force behind getting industry involved in improving information sharing in justice and public safety. He nurtured the formation of the Industry Working Group (IWG) and the creation of the IJIS institute. As part of this effort, Mr. Greeves assisted Institute founders in determining an acceptable business model and persuaded officials in the DOJ to undertake the development of a true and lasting partnership with industry – a first for the Department of Justice.
Prior to his retirement from BJA, Mr. Greeves was a constant and ever-present force for collaboration across the myriad disciplines involved in criminal justice and influenced many participants to work together to solve information sharing problems. He was an ongoing adviser to many working groups and committees and sparked innovation and interest in new approaches to solving information sharing problems, yet was attentive to the constraints of government in doing so. He was the silent partner of many committees that worked toward improving standards, architectures, and information sharing. Mr. Greeves was at the center of many of the projects successfully implemented by the IJIS institute, including the recent focus on information sharing between corrections and law enforcement, as well as work on offender re-entry.
Mike Davis, president of the IJIS Institute Board of Directors, said:
“Bob was the sparkplug for the initiation of many innovative programs in corrections and in the joint world of justice and health information systems. His advocacy for these fields led directly to new programs at the Institute, including grant funding for them. One of the long-lasting effects of Bob's work is the continued life of the IJIS Institute and the collaboration efforts between industry and government, which has led to standards and practices not previously adopted.”
Past Recipients of the Robert P. Shumate award include:
--2012—Thomas J. O’Reilly, Director, The Police Institute at Rutgers School of Criminal Justice
--2011—Dr. Alan Harbitter, Harbitter Consulting Group
--2010—David Gavin, N-DEx Outreach Consultant for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
--2009—Bruce Kelling, President and CEO, Bask Enterprises
--2008—Harlin R. McEwen, Chairman of the Board, Public Safety Spectrum Trust
--2007—Steve Correll, Executive Director, Nlets
--2006—Mike Hulme, Justice and Public Safety Architect, Unisys
The Robert P. Shumate Excellence Award, named for the first president of the IJIS Institute, is presented annually by the IJIS Institute to the person from either industry or the public sector that has made the most valuable contribution to justice and public safety information sharing during the past year. Candidates for the award are nominated by IJIS Institute members and affiliates, and represent the highest level of conviction to public safety information sharing.
For more information about the award, please visit: http://www.ijis.org/_
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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 nearly 320 member companies and individual associates from government, non-profit, and educational institutions from across the United States. For more information, visit our website at: http://www.ijis.org/