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William A. Ford Receives the 2020 IJIS Institute Shumate Award

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William A. Ford Receives the 2020 IJIS Institute Robert P. Shumate Award


Ashburn, VA., March 9, 2020 -The IJIS Institute recently awarded William A. Ford with the Robert P. Shumate National Public Safety and Justice Contributor to Excellence Award. The honor was presented at the IJIS Institute’s National Symposium Award Reception on February 26, 2020, in Tysons Corner, VA.


Ford received the award for the countless contributions he has made to the justice and public safety communities throughout his distinguished career. His devotion to the law enforcement community has provided a better understanding of the needs of practitioners while resulting in more effective and positive processes. His continued support has touched the lives of thousands of men and women who serve and protect. Additionally, his thought leadership in this field has increased officer safety and security while vastly improving information sharing efforts globally.

Mr. Ford is a Senior Science Advisor at the National Institute of Justice where he advises on strategic science policy for the director of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Executive Office of the President, Office of Science Technology and Policy (OSTP). He also directs a wide range of science and technology programs, including biometrics, communications information technology, and sensor and surveillance.

A former civilian engineer with the U.S. Navy, Ford worked at various software companies developing and deploying solutions for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Intelligence Community, and Federal, State and Local public safety organizations.

Each year, the IJIS Institute awards its Robert P. Shumate National Public Safety and Justice Contributor to Excellence Award to a distinguished professional from industry or the public sector who made valuable contributions to justice and public safety information sharing during his or her career. Each awardee is dedicated to the IJIS Institute’s mission to drive public sector technology innovation and empower information sharing to promote safer and healthier communities. For more on IJIS Institute awards, please visit: