Founded in 1935, APCO International is the world’s oldest and largest organization of public safety communications professionals.

APCO’s 35,000+ membership includes those who manage, operate, build and support public safety communications systems for law enforcement, fire, emergency medical and other public safety agencies. The association supports its members – and the general public – by providing industry expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach.

The association is based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with executive offices in Alexandria, VA.

Mission

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) is an international leader committed to providing complete public safety communications expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy and outreach to benefit our members and the public.

 

Vision

APCO International commits to strengthen our communities by empowering and educating public safety communications professionals.

Leadership

The Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Executive Council, along with the CEO & Executive Director manage the business of APCO International.

The Executive Committee includes a President, First  and Second Vice Presidents, and the Immediate Past President. The First Vice President becomes the President when membership elects the Second Vice President at APCO’s Annual Convention & Expo. The Board of Directors consists of the Executive Committee, two members selected by region and one member of the Commercial Advisory Council. The Executive Director serves as a non-voting member on both. The Executive Council is made up of one non-commercial, voting-eligible member selected by each of the chapters.

Learn more about leadership requirements and responsibilities in the APCO Bylaws and Policy Manual.

President

Executive Director
Southeast Emergency Communications
Crystal Lake, IL

First Vice President

Manager, Curriculum Services Section
Georgia Public Safety Training Center
Forsyth, GA

Second Vice President

E911 Communications Manager
Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue
Hilton Head Island, SC

Immediate Past President

Director
Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon
Central Point, OR

Ex-Officio

Executive Director & CEO
APCO International
Alexandria, VA

Regional and CAC Representatives

Reg Rep East

Shelby, NC

Reg Rep East

Information Technology Coordinator
Town of Norton Information Technology
Attleboro, MA

Reg Rep Gulf

Director
Metro Nashville Department of Emergency Communications
Nashville, TN

Reg Rep Gulf

Captain – Communications Division
Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office Communications Division
Livingston, LA

Reg Rep North Cen

Director
Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Center
Dublin, OH

Reg Rep North Cen

Executive Director
Lyons Township Area Communication Center
Woodridge, IL

Reg Rep West

Director
Idaho State Police
Coeur D Alene, ID

Reg Rep West

Assistant Director
Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency
Beaverton, OR

CAC Rep

Sr. Account Executive
Motorola Solutions
Reva, VA

Executive Council

Members of the Executive Council represent APCO International chapters and facilitate the exchange of information between the chapters and their Regional Representatives.

2021 Annual Report

Much like the professionals we support, APCO International has shown the resilience and adaptiveness to enhance our emergency communications services for these challenging times and for the future.

Our History

What began as a simple letter calling for a meeting of those involved in police communications now stands as the world’s oldest and largest organization of public safety communications professionals.

Twenty-five police communication officers and several others, including representatives from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and U.S. Dept of Justice Bureau of Investigations, met in St. Louis, MO in January 1935 to form APCO. Within days, they had formed an organization that looks similar to today’s APCO including an association name, a constitution including more than one type of membership, publications for the membership, association insignia, standing committees, and elected officers.

APCO Projects

APCO’s Project Series aims to solve the unique problems telecommunications professionals encounter. The most recent, Project 43: Broadband Implications for the PSAP, resulted in a report intended to help the public safety community take advantage of and prepare for broadband communications technologies.

Donate

APCO supports our members and the industry through the CAC and Silent Key Scholarship Programs and the Sunshine Fund.which provides assistance to public safety communications professionals who experience a life-altering event. Additionally, the Public Safety Foundation of America (PSFA), a  501(c)3 subsidiary of APCO International, makes grants to support public and nonprofit public safety communications efforts.