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05/26/15
Northwest Central Dispatch System Receives APCO Agency Training Program Certification
Alexandria, VA – Northwest Central Dispatch System, IL, has met the minimum training standards for the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Agency Training Program Certification and has been awarded certification as of April 29, 2015. Public safety agencies utilize APCO’s Agency Training Program Certification...
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05/21/15
APCO International Announces 2015 Award Winners
Alexandria, VA – The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Public Safety Communications Awards and Technology in Leadership Awards. The winners will be recognized during the Opening General Session at APCO 2015, APCO’s Annual Conference...
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05/06/15
APCO International Awards Leaders in Public Safety Policy
Last night the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International honored the recipients of its prestigious Public Safety Leadership in Policy Awards during APCO’s Annual Public Safety Communications Leadership Dinner in Washington, DC. Before an audience of representatives from the public safety community, government agencies, and...
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04/29/15
Spokane Regional Emergency Communications Services Receives APCO P33 Certification
Alexandria, VA – Spokane Regional Emergency Communications Services, WA, has met the minimum training standards for the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Project 33 Agency Training Program Certification-2010 (P33 Certification) and has been awarded certification as of April 23, 2015. Public safety agencies utilize...
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May 8, 2015
APCO Seeks Task Force Participants

APCO International has created a new 4.9 GHz Task Force to provide the association with research on public safety’s use of the 4.9 GHz band.

This Task Force will operate from June 1, 2015 through August 31, 2015 and will be producing a White Paper outlining both current use cases and potential future uses of 4.9 GHz intended for submission to the FCC. The Task Force work product will also be used to promote expanding public safety’s utilization of the spectrum.

Those interested in serving on a newly-created 4.9 GHz Task Force should go to www.apcointl.org/CommitteeSignUp. Sign up and verify contact information if prompted. Click the “sign up” link beside the Task Force name. You will receive a confirmation email if you are successful in your submission. If you have any problems email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The sign up period for this new Task Force will close on May 22, 2015.

Join the PSConnect Radio Spectrum Technology E-community

APCO International continues to be involved in activities with the Federal Communications Commission that support public safety communications. In some instances, the timeline allowed for review and response to FCC activities is relatively short. In order to provide an expedient method to notify those members interested in providing feedback, as well as to improve your ability to quickly provide feedback on these critical issues, APCO has developed a new process for support of this mission.

APCO international will now post FCC frequency-related requests for information that is of importance to APCO and that may be of interest to our members on the PSConnect Radio Spectrum Technology e-community. Those members who are interested in participating and providing feedback on FCC frequency-related matters should sign up for this group. To join, click here; login and verify your information if prompted; click the Join Community button and indicate your subscription preference.


April 24, 2015
APCO Seeks Workgroup Members to revise a Standard for Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Service Criteria Rating Scale

APCO / NENA ANS 1.102.2-2010 is intended to assist Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) Managers and their governing authorities to identify their current level of service capability. More

April 24, 2015
Upcoming Webinar: Telecommunicator's Role as a SWAT Tactical Dispatcher
Thursday, May 20, 2015 | 2 p.m. ET

In this webinar, we will explore some of the questions you may have, such as:

- What makes a tactical dispatcher different from a "regular dispatcher?
- How can specialized training make a difference (and who should receive that training?)
- Does my agency even need tactical dispatchers?
- Does incident command really have anything to do with tactical dispatching or Telecommunicators, or isn't that just for field responders?
- What if we can't afford the time or money to train our people?

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April 17, 2015
Happy NPSTW!
This is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW) and APCO International would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all calltakers, dispatchers, radio engineers, technicians, trainers, supervisors, managers and directors who ensure 9-1-1 calls are answered quickly and the appropriate response sent. Be sure to check out our blog (npstw.org) dedicated to NPSTW and share your celebrations with us.

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