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Offline William Best

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Department suspends all travel
« on: March 13, 2020, 10:29:38 AM »
So was just informed yesterday that my department has suspended all travel indefinitely due to corona virus concerns.  So my AFTE 2020 trip has been cancelled.  Has anyone else had this happen?

Offline Omar Felix

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Re: Department suspends all travel
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2020, 11:05:34 AM »
YUP!!  Here too.  They said they will re-book everything in a few weeks if things ease up. I have a feeling the people working Austin are going to get a mass cancellation. I know the board just sent an email saying AFTE is still on but they may not know till the last min how many people will attend. 


...And what about international travelers? Doubt many of them will be able to get here. Crazy but I get it.  :'(

Offline Stacey Hartman

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Re: Department suspends all travel
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2020, 11:17:01 AM »

Current status:

All non-essential out-of-state travel has been cancelled for the next 45 days.
« Last Edit: March 13, 2020, 11:21:43 AM by Stacey Hartman »

Offline Mike Beddow

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Re: Department suspends all travel
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2020, 11:20:22 AM »
The city of Phoenix has done the same.  We were informed all travel plans must be cancelled and none will be approved for the foreseeable future.  So unfortunately the four of us from Phoenix have canceled our trips to Austin. 


Mike

Offline Justine Kreso

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Re: Department suspends all travel
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2020, 12:00:31 PM »
Ditto here.  Until some point in the "future."
« Last Edit: March 13, 2020, 12:17:39 PM by Justine Kreso »
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Syracuse, NY

Offline Evan Thompson

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Re: Department suspends all travel
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2020, 01:22:11 PM »
Playing the devils advocate now.


"So was just informed yesterday that my department has suspended all travel indefinitely due to the corona virus concerns."



I am assuming that this is department approved travel.  So how does this differ from you or a family wanting to travel to another area in the US for vacation?   Is that suspended as well? 
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Offline Justine Kreso

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Re: Department suspends all travel
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2020, 01:24:27 PM »
Your department is not responsible for you when you go on family vacation, but they are when they send you on a business trip.
Justine Kreso
Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences
Syracuse, NY

Offline Jennifer Gelston

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Re: Department suspends all travel
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2020, 01:50:38 PM »
60 days for us so far....

Offline Tina Wilson

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Re: Department suspends all travel
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2020, 02:06:31 PM »
Nothing here so far  :-00 ....although some individuals trips with the dept have been cancelled by suggestion. End of May is still a ways away....hoping the show will go on!

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Offline Dennis Lyons

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Re: Department suspends all travel
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2020, 03:34:26 PM »
With the restrictions on the travel of foreigners to the US, state and agency travel restrictions, the fact that the numbers of the sick are growing by the day, and with all the cancellations of sports and schools, and the fact that President Trump just announced a national emergency - it seems its time to pull the plug.
Dennis J. Lyons
Rhode Island State Crime Lab
University of Rhode Island
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Kingston, R.I. 02881

Offline Andy Carriveau

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Re: Department suspends all travel
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2020, 04:20:23 PM »
60 days for Michigan. 

Offline Rick Wyant

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Re: Department suspends all travel
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2020, 11:09:42 AM »
I sense an AFTE poll coming.

Offline Kelsey Cramer

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Re: Department suspends all travel
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2020, 07:11:08 AM »
As of last Thursday I was told to go ahead and book my airfare this week (after the paperwork comes back) while flights are cheap! Since then, our Governor has shut down all schools and restaurants except take out and delivery. We will see if I'm still allowed to book flights when/if we get the paperwork back.
« Last Edit: March 16, 2020, 09:25:13 AM by Kelsey Cramer »
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Offline LaurenMacAulay

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Re: Department suspends all travel
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2020, 09:24:09 AM »
90 days for us so even if it goes ahead the 3 of us from Calgary won't be able to go :'(
Lauren (MacAulay) Black
Calgary Police Service
Forensic Firearms and Toolmark Laboratory
Calgary, Alberta

Offline Alan Zheng

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Re: Department suspends all travel
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2020, 10:13:28 AM »
wow, localities are putting in some long no travel periods...we're going a month at a time for now.

 

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