PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, February 19, 2016
APCO’s Certified Public-Safety Executive (CPE) Program is designed to elevate professionalism, enhance individual performance and recognize excellence in the public safety communications industry. Drawing on resources from renowned leadership professionals and distinguished academic sources, the program allows participants to explore topics that include management versus leadership, models/theories of leadership, leadership styles, public safety leadership issues, and executing and managing change. For more information.
APCO’s Emerging Technology Forum is taking place March 15-16 in Kansas City, MO, bringing together industry leaders to discuss technologies that are on the horizon and address the challenges of the ever-changing landscape of public safety communications.

Program Highlights

  • FirstNet Update, with Kevin McGinnis, FirstNet Board Member and Chief/CEO, North East Mobile Health
  • Public Safety & Homeland Security Priorities: A Conversation with FCC Public Safety Bureau Chief Admiral David Simpson
  • Regional Public Safety Communications, with representatives from the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)
  • NG9-1-1 ... the Kansas Story, with representatives from the Kansas 9-1-1 Coordinating Council
  • Fusion Centers, Cyber Threat Intelligence & Public Safety, with Troy Campbell, KC Regional Terrorism Early Warning Fusion Center

View full program.


APCO presents awards to celebrate individuals and groups that have exemplified outstanding job performance. Nomination period ends April 1. For more information.

PSAP Awards
Designed to recognize public safety communications personnel who have demonstrated the highest levels of personnel and professional conduct and performance in the line of duty.

Technology Leadership Award
Designed to recognize communication centers in two categories based on the size of the agency for their use of technological advancement and demonstrated benefit to their employees and the citizens they serve.

Submit a nomination.


On January 13, the FCC released DA 16-36 providing further guidance on narrowbanding below 470 MHz. The FCC is taking new steps to ensure licensees comply with their narrowbanding mandate that was implemented over three years ago. In addition to substantial fines, the FCC, beginning on February 16, will dismiss all license renewal applications that list only wideband emission designators.

With the risk of substantial fines and applications being dismissed, APCO strongly urges you to check your license(s) to ensure you are narrowband compliant. If you are unsure whether or not your license(s) needs to be narrowbanded, please contact Katherine Reynolds in APCO's Licensing Department.
Avtec Inc.
Zetron, Inc.
Industry News
Vice News To combat profiling by proxy, the guide recommends anti-bias training for both police and dispatchers and even suggests using accidental 9-1-1 calls as an opportunity for building trust with minority communities.
Belleville News-Democrat Under a new state mandate, counties with at least 250,000 residents need to reduce the number of PSAPs by half by July 1, 2017. As part of the consolidation legislation, the state is building 9-1-1 systems in roughly 10 counties without them, pushing the consolidation as it takes over connectivity costs and works toward making sure the entire state has Next Generation 9-1-1 capabilities by 2020.
The Commercial Appeal Shootings. Assaults. Car accidents. Through it all, the voices of 9-1-1 dispatchers must remain level as they direct callers to the help they need.
Dublin Villager A bill introduced by Rep. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) could put more green in the pockets of residents in Dublin, Ohio. Washington Township trustees recently passed a resolution of support for House Bill 277 that would allow "a county, township or municipal corporation to impose a 9-1-1 system levy in only the portion of the subdivision that would be served by the 9-1-1 system.
Emergency Management Construction of a new, $8.25 million 9-1-1 call center, which will serve residents throughout Doña Ana County, N.M., is in its final weeks.
Florida Today Calin Beckett Trout, a seven-pound, one-ounce baby boy with black, spikey hair and blue eyes, was brought into the world with a little help from his father and lot of coaching from a calm and cool Brevard County Fire Rescue dispatcher.
Solacom Technologies
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