FCC license applications processed & submitted annually
students trained in FY 2021 & 2022

Standards Working Groups Seeking Members

When APCO creates a new standard or revises an existing one, the working groups are the creative minds behind the standard. Groups include about 15 volunteers with training, operations or technical backgrounds who research and write a standard together.  The following working groups are currently seeking members:

  • Core Competencies and Minimum Training Standards for Public Safety Communications Instructor
  • Core Competencies and Minimum Training Standards for Public Safety Communications Quality Assurance Evaluators

Get Certified Now as a Communications Center Manager

New online course now available!

Learn the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to certify and successfully move into the role of a communication center manager or director with APCO’s new Communications Center Manager, 1st Edition course. Worth 24 CDEs. Learn more and register

New Membership Type Available for Students and Educators

This new membership category is intended to increase an interested student’s exposure to the public safety communications industry through APCO membership benefits, training and events. It opens up awareness of public safety telecommunications as a career option and helps develop leaders for the future by reaching students with an aptitude for related careers early.

Don’t Forget These Deadlines for Awards and Scholarships

Nominate someone for APCO’s annual Emergency Communications Center Awards and Technology Awards recognizing those demonstrating the highest levels of personal and professional conduct and performance. Deadline for submission is April 1.

Apply now for a scholarship for APCO Institute courses and leadership programs.  Scholarship application deadlines are March 1 for RPL Program scholarships and April 1 for General scholarships. The CPE scholarship application period has closed.

I think the best part was just being around a huge group of folks in 9-1-1 that weren’t working. I have never had a chance to just sit and talk shop without being in my dispatch center.

Annual Conference Attendee

Keeping You Up to Date

APCO is your source for public safety communications news that affects you, your job and your community.

APCO President Meets with Congressman and Former 9-1-1 Dispatcher Dale Strong

On February 12, APCO President Becky Neugent met with Congressman Dale Strong (R-AL) in Birmingham, Alabama, to raise awareness of the issues facing the 9-1-1 community and how Congress can help address these challenges.

February 15, 2024

Young Professional Spotlight: Jorian Jewell

Jorian was born in Oklahoma, grew up in England and finished high school in Nebraska before returning to Oklahoma. He was working two retail jobs and planning on going back to school when he landed his job as a telecommunicator which quickly turned into a career for him.

February 8, 2024

APCO’s 9-1-1 Wellness Summit Provides Ideas, Action Plans and Support

Health and wellness in 9-1-1 has been discussed in many formats and the Summit was an opportunity for attendees to share face-to-face, be vulnerable and take home the tools they need to create successful wellness programs back at their agencies.

February 8, 2024

NTNs: Filling Coverage Gaps to Enhance Public Safety Communication Systems

First responders racing to save lives and property in the face of emergencies must contend with various obstacles. Communication shouldn’t be one of them, yet coverage gaps in terrestrial networks caused by fire, earthquakes, heavy storms, and other natural disasters can cause dropped transmissions.

February 1, 2024

Thank You to Our Partners

Corporate Partner Spotlight

FirstNet, Built with AT&T, is the only network built with and for first responders – when and where they need it most. We are accountable to keeping your lines of communication open with dedicated mission critical solutions that will modernize public safety.

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