Letter from President Wingerson
April 21, 2021
Dear FBINAA Members and Colleagues:
The health and safety of our members, conference attendees, presenters, partners, FBINAA staff, as well as local law enforcement and residents is our highest priority. We have been closely monitoring the coronavirus impact and status throughout the United States and listening to our members share that their agencies are restricting travel and reducing training funds for at least the remainder of the year.
After much review, dialogue, and following the guidance from the President’s administration, CDC, and state and local health authorities, the Executive Board has determined that it is in the best interest of our conference attendees to cancel the 2021 FBINAA National Annual Training Conference scheduled for July 18-21, 2021 in Orlando, Louisiana.
Last week we heard from the President’s administration on the new guidelines for states, individuals and employers on how to gradually restore activity and “Opening Up America Again.” As the threat of the virus spreading declines, we are cognizant that many states will be in different phases of opening their economy which will be challenging to predict. After consulting with local and national law enforcement and health leaders, this is the socially responsible and right decision for the safety of our conference attendees, the local community and will also give our nation the necessary time to get its legs back underneath it.
This is disappointing to us all. Yet, our primary focus must continue to be on the health and safety of our members, law enforcement communities and service to the general public. We also want to be respectful of your agencies and their priority focus on the COVID-19 response and efforts to return to normal state-of-affairs as quickly as possible.
Our hearts are with our members, associates and partners who are in the midst of this crisis. We wish everyone health and safety.
President, FBI National Academy Associates
Assistant Chief, Pasadena Police Department (TX)