The George Washington University College of Professional Studies will offer a graduate certificate in justice and public safety information management beginning in spring 2013.
The program will provide a comprehensive and strategic understanding of policy, best practices and strategies related to information technology and data management. The program will help students gain an understanding of the challenges and contemporary solutions related to information sharing and safeguarding information, and allow them to apply that knowledge to justice and public safety fields.
The 15-credit graduate certificate can be completed in three semesters, or taken as a concentration in the safety and security leadership master’s program. Classes are offered online and one weekend per month at GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn.
“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.”
To offer the certificate, GW will partner with the IJIS Institute, a nonprofit that focuses on mission-critical information sharing.
“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,” Paul Wormeli, executive director of the IJIS Institute, said. “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.”