PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, February 03, 2017
February 22, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

The communities supported by public safety are technology-savvy and pushing public safety agencies to be more connected to the world, but transitioning from a legacy TDM networks to ethernet can make agencies more vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks. IPKeys will present the benefits of an ethernet network and some steps to ease the migration. They will also share the cybersecurity measures needed to protect public safety’s LMR & LTE network and to mitigate the risk for NG9-1-1 networks connecting to ESINet. Drawing from its deep knowledge and experience with complex Department of Defense cybersecurity programs, IPKeys will offer suggestions to help manage cybersecurity risks during and after a transition to an ethernet system. Learn more.

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APCO International is seeking program proposals from technology experts, policy leaders, industry partners, wireless service providers and public safety communications professionals for APCO's Annual Public Safety Broadband Summit. The Summit will be taking place May 16-17 at the Renaissance Washington, DC, Downtown Hotel. Hurry, the deadline for presentation proposals is Friday, February 17, 2017!  For more information.

The CPE program is designed for public safety communications professionals who aspire to executive leadership positions within the industry. Instructors include masters and doctoral level professionals in the field of organizational development and leadership. Participants will explore topics that include management versus leadership, models/theories of leadership, leadership styles, public safety leadership issues, and executing and managing change.

Applications are being accepted until April 15 for the next two CPE sessions, scheduled to begin in July 2017 and January 2018. Seats are limited, so don’t wait to send in your applications. Learn more.

Financial assistance is available through APCO’s scholarship program. The deadline to apply for scholarships is March 31. Learn more.

Nominations are still being accepted for the 2017 APCO International Public Safety Communications Awards Program (PSAP) and the Technology Leadership Award. APCO International presents awards to public safety communications personnel who have demonstrated the highest levels of personal and professional conduct and performance in the line of duty. Deadline for nominations is April 1. Submit a nomination.
In partnership with APCO International, the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) now offers all of its accreditation manager training courses online. Available online are public safety communications, law enforcement, training academy and campus security accreditation manager courses. Registration and more information.
Lisa C. Williams, CMP, CEM, Director of Corporate Outreach
Lisa has worked at APCO for seven years and oversees corporate relations. She has a Master's in Business Administration with a marketing concentration, is a Certified Meeting Professional and is certified in exhibition management. Lisa has been in the event management industry for over 20 years and enjoys what she does. She is a member of the Client Advisory Board for the Orange County Convention Center and involved in the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) DC Chapter.
Since 1989, Angela Allen has worked for the State of Vermont Department of Public Safety (DPS) in the radio shop as a Communications Technician. The DPS radio shop maintains radios used by all Vermont agencies and departments. This includes mobiles, portables, base stations, dispatch consoles and a statewide microwave radio system, just to name a few. Angela has been an APCO local advisor for the state of Vermont since December 2001.
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This is a Call for Expression of Interest to participate in the new IJIS Emergency Incident Data Interoperability (EIDI) Working Group. The IJIS Institute will be conducting this initiative in concert with APCO, the standards organization responsible for stewardship of the Emergency Incident Data Document (EIDD) specification. The EIDD specification was developed jointly by representatives from APCO, NENA, and the technology industry. Please respond to to indicate your interest in joining the working group by February 17.
MissionCritical Communications Cheryl J. Greathouse, president of APCO International, offers her 2017 outlook, including APCO’s main focus areas in 2017, regulatory issues at the forefront for APCO and issues that affect members.
Fast Co. A discreet button linked to your smartphone can be accessed without anyone noticing it at all. If you simply push the button three times, it can work like a Life Alert: Those three taps can trigger an automated 9-1-1 call if the user sets up their device like that. It was 40 years ago that the Hunterdon County Division of Communications (N.J.) began answering 9-1-1 calls, becoming the first in the state to do so. Back on February 1, 1977, operating out of a four-room farmhouse, it became the first county-wide agency responding to 9-1-1 calls in New Jersey. At the time it was the only agency handling all emergency calls through a single centralized communications center.
The Delaware Gazette When dispatcher Catharine Dobyns, Delaware County Emergency Communications, took a recent call with a woman screaming in the background she had no idea she was about earn her first Stork Award. "All I could hear was a woman screaming bloody murder," Dobyns said. "Then no response."
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