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Prestigious International Award Created to Honor the Late SANDAG ARJIS Director Pam Scanlon

May 13, 2020-- This morning, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Committee announced the creation of the annual “Pamela L. Scanlon Excellence in Criminal Justice Information Sharing Award” in honor of Ms. Scanlon, who was a trailblazer in the field. 

Scanlon was the Executive Director of the SANDAG Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS) for more than two decades. She passed away earlier this year. 

“SANDAG and ARJIS lost a great leader in January,” said SANDAG Chair and Poway Mayor Steve Vaus. “We are honored to learn of this extraordinary new award in honor of Pam Scanlon, a great person whose work continues to live on.”

ARJIS is a complex criminal justice enterprise network used by more than 60 local, state, and federal agencies in San Diego and Imperial counties. The ARJIS governance structure promotes data sharing and cooperation at all levels for member agencies, from chiefs to officers to technical staff.

“I worked with Pam twice, first as a police officer, and as an elected official. Pam never stopped impressing with her leadership. It was always a pleasure witnessing her drive and tenacity,” said SANDAG Former Public Safety Committee Chair and Santee Mayor John Minto. “Pam was a true pioneer in the field of information sharing and will be greatly missed. Thank you, IACP CJIS, for creating a way to continue her legacy.”

Scanlon also served for eleven years as the IACP CJIS Committee Chair.

“This is an amazing way to honor such an exemplary leader,” said SANDAG Public Safety Committee Chair and Poway Councilmember Caylin Frank. “Pam will live on in the great work of others.”

Some of Pam Scanlon’s notable recognitions include:

•     A 2001 issue of Business Week magazine featured her as a 'Hero of the New Internet' for her pioneering work in the use of the internet to fight crime
•     The British government hosted her as a delegate to their Security and Policing Program
•     Scanlon earned a variety of awards as a trailblazer, including the FBI Director's Award and awards from every Federal Law Enforcement Agency
•     Scanlon was honored by the San Diego Police Foundation in 2012 at their annual 'Women in Blue' luncheon
•     In 2015, Scanlon received the national Integrated Justice Systems' Shumate Award
•     In 2019, Scanlon received the (inaugural) National Law Enforcement Information & Technology G.Thomas Steele Excellence in Law Enforcement Information and Technology Recognition

'Pam's passion and ability to listen to the needs of public safety personnel at all levels and disciplines was truly remarkable,' said IACP CJIS Chair and Chief Marketing Officer of Nlets Bonnie Locke. 'She was able to translate the needs of patrol officers to elected officials to identify technology gaps and implement cutting edge solutions for the benefit of national info sharing.'

The IACP created the new award for people who have dedicated their careers to the advancement of criminal justice information sharing in the public safety community. Future awardees should demonstrate exceptional leadership in the community at local, state, and national levels. 

The Pamela L. Scanlon Excellence in Criminal Justice Information Sharing Award was set to be announced at the IACP Technology conference this month, but due to the COVID-19 crisis, the conference was cancelled. The Committee will recognize the first recipient of the new award at its 2021 conference.

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