PSC eNews Weekly
Friday, January 24, 2020

APCO is seeking panelists for Nexus, an innovative new event coming May 21-22, 2020, to Washington, D.C. Groundbreaking in nature, Nexus will explore the opportunities of Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) through a series of interactive emergency response scenarios. Instead of submitting full proposals for sessions, please review the agenda and see where your (or others') knowledge and experience fit, then apply.

Please apply if you are:

  • A public safety professional with expertise or first-hand experience dealing with a major incident or other complex response for an emergency communications center, or
  • A technologist who can describe how NG9-1-1 and other innovations can improve emergency communications and response.

We just started a new year, but there are only a few months left to achieve a number of public safety legislative objectives before Congress enters into election mode. Get up to speed on reclassification, NG9-1-1, T-Band, 9-1-1 fee diversion and 6 GHz microwave. Whether visiting your U.S. Representative/Senator in D.C. or locally - it's all there with talking points included. Read now


Applications are now being accepted for APCO’s scholarship program. Awards can be used to participate in APCO Institute training, including the Registered Public-Safety Leader (RPL) and Certified Public-Safety Executive (CPE) programs. Due to new funder requirements, scholarships will no longer be awarded to attend APCO events, including the Annual Conference & Expo.

If you are interested in becoming a CPE, but need financial support to do so, be sure to complete your CPE scholarship application by midnight (ET) February 15, 2020. The next CPE sessions begin July 1, 2020, and January 6, 2021. Applications for general scholarships are due by March 31.


Only two Supporter level sponsorships left for APCO's new event, Nexus. Don't miss your chance to be involved in this unique and interactive event that is truly one of a kind. Learn how you can participate.


If you want to learn how to supervise and manage individuals and teams of people, register for APCO’s Registered Public-Safety Leader (RPL) Program. Due to demand, the Institute has just added two new sessions that begin in March. Seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information

Comtech Safety & Security Technologies
Industry News
Rockland County Sheriff’s Office – Communications Division, NY, has received Agency Training Program Certification, a Project 33® Initiative, from APCO International.
Fox 51
Telecommunicators’ voices are the first to answer emergency calls, but they work behind the scenes without public recognition.                                  
Members of the public were invited to tour the existing space and see for themselves why police want to scrap the current station and build a new facility that addresses upgrades in security, communications and even septic needs.
Wake Tech News
A 480-hour course will train Raleigh-Wake 9-1-1 employees about dispatching fire, police and emergency medical responders and will include state-of-the-art simulators.
The Union Times
Telecommunicators Robert Garner and Nikia Brannon of the Union County Emergency Services/911 Dispatch Center (S.C.) were named Dispatchers of the Year by the county sheriff's department.
Three public safety telecommunicators and a trainee were overwhelmed by 150 calls, though only three required immediate help. Jessica Lynch, director of Reno County Emergency Communications Center, reminded the public that they should only call 9-1-1 when they need it.
Consultants said the Santa Barbara County’s Office of Emergency Management (Calif.) would be more efficient with the move and they stressed the need for strategic planning including succession planning.
Richmond-Times Dispatch
The Rave Panic Button smartphone application is available to administrators in the district’s 66 schools. It can be used to alert public safety communications to an active shooter, fire or medical emergency.
SARA, or Situational Awareness Response Assistant, ties together security cameras, emergency alerts and emergency communications centers for emergency response.
Automated dispatch equipment is part of a $425,000 upgrade for the Rockford Fire Department that officials say will reduce response time when there are multiple calls.
Outagamie County reports about 13,000 accidental calls per year, many from smartwatches and other smart devices. Officials stress that callers who accidentally dial 9-1-1 should remain on the line to talk to a public safety telecommunicator.
The Army base added CAD and a larger center during upgrades that also included the addtion of text-to-911 and location-tracking features.
PlanIt Schedule
About APCO | Govt Relations | Training & Certification | Standards | Spectrum Management | Membership | Events | Comm Center & 9-1-1 | Cybersecurity



We would appreciate your comments or suggestions.
Your email will be kept private and confidential.