Announcements

  • APCO Envision Coming to Anaheim in September

    Registration is now open for APCO's Envision taking place September 20 in Anaheim and January 15 in Tampa.

    Envision provides intensive training that will give emergency communications professionals the knowledge and strategies they need to manage issues such as cybersecurity and NG9-1-1.
  • PSConnect Maintenance Saturday, July 14

    Please anticipate a brief downtime between 11PM and 3AM ET while infrastructure maintenance is performed on PSConnect Saturday, July 14, 2018. We apologize for the disruption and appreciate your patience.
  • Join Us at APCO 2018 to Learn About Becoming an Institute Adjunct Instructor

    If you have a passion for training, at least five years’ experience in public safety communications and a minimum of two years’ experience as a public safety communications trainer/instructor, you may qualify to become an APCO Institute Adjunct Instructor.

    Join us for this information session during APCO 2018 in Las Vegas to learn more. No registration required. Monday, August 6, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. APCO Institute Resource Room, Venetian-Palazzo, Marco Polo 703-704, Level 1
  • Get Involved in Standards Development

    Getting involved in the APCO's standards development process is an excellent way to take your professional game to the next level and contribute to producing standards for public safety communications. It may seem intimidating but it is not. And you will meet people from across the country who share common interests and goals in public safety communications. You do not need to be an expert to participate, you just need to be willing to contribute and use your skills to accomplish a common goal.

    APCO is currently seeking members for the Standards Development Committee and three Subcommittees (Technical, Operational, and Training)
  • Deadline for July CPE Class Fast Approaching

    If you have been considering applying for the July 2018 session (Class 05) of APCO’s Certified Public-Safety Executive (CPE) Program, don’t wait to begin your application. The deadline to apply for class 05 of the CPE Program is May 15.

    The six-month program consists of two online courses and a nine-day capstone seminar at APCO Headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida. Learn more from this brief video.

    The program allows participants to explore topics that include:
    • Management versus leadership
    • Models/theories of leadership
    • Leadership styles
    • Public safety leadership issues
    • Executing and managing change
    The program is open to anyone who is a Registered Public-Safety Leader (RPL), possesses an associate’s degree or above or has a high school diploma and at least 10 years’ experience in public safety communications at the supervisor, manager or director level.

    Apply now.
  • PSConnect Maintenance Saturday, April 14

    Please anticipate a brief downtime between 11PM and 3AM ET while infrastructure maintenance is performed on PSConnect Saturday, April 14.
  • Congratulations to Our New Certified Public-Safety Executives

    APCO International is pleased to recognize the most recent graduates of its Certified Public-Safety Executive (CPE) Program....MORE
  • Scholarships Available for the CPE Program

    Do you know that dollars from the Silent Key and CAC Scholarship Programs can be used for APCO’s Certified Public-Safety Executive (CPE) Program?

    That’s right. So, 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 February 16, 2018. The next CPE sessions begin July 4, 2018, and January 2, 2019.
  • Are You A Good Listener?

    Learn the importance of active listening, and improve the way you communicate with others. Register now for our January 18 webinar, "Active Listening: Can You Hear Me Now?"  

    It's the first in a series of webinars on topics of particular interest to communications center supervisors, but open to anyone. All webinars in the series are free to APCO members. MORE
  • Member Message: Federal OMB Fails 9-1-1 Professionals

    We write today with the unfortunate news that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has decided not to update the way 9-1-1 professionals are classified in the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC). We’ve consulted with a top law firm in DC and decided that pursuing a remedy in court is not a viable option. However, this decision is within OMB’s discretion, which means OMB, or even President Trump, has the power to correct it. APCO will continue fighting this.

    Today, we’re asking each of you to use social media to retweet the following that “@APCOintl” has tweeted:

    Fed agency @OMBpress staff has failed the nation’s 9-1-1 professionals, deciding 9-1-1 call takers & dispatchers aren’t “protective” occupations. @realDonaldTrump @POTUS Please fix this! 9-1-1 professionals save lives. #911ProtectsMe apcointl.org/socinfo
  • Protect Your PSAP

    Cyberattacks and cybersecurity incidents are very real dangers to emergency communications centers. The power of the internet and of new NG9-1-1 technologies are enhancing the capabilities of emergency communications, but also posing new cyberthreats.

    APCO International is hosting two upcoming training events designed to heighten your awareness of cybersecurity and provide you with strategies to minimize the risks to your agency.

    Cybersecurity Hygiene Training – January 11, 2018

    Envision: The Future of Emergency Communications – January 16 and February 15, 2018

    APCO full and associate members receive discounts on registration. And, CEUs are available for each training.
  • Seeking Participants for Writing Groups

    APCO has launched three new standards development initiatives and we are looking for subject matter experts to help write them.

    - Cybersecurity Training for Public Safety Communications Personnel
    - Public Safety Communications Center Key Performance Indicators
    - Key Performance Indicators for Public Safety Communications Personnel
  • PSConnect Maintenance Saturday, 10/28 at 11PM ET

    Please anticipate a brief downtime while we perform infrastructure maintenance on PSConnect Saturday, October 28 starting at 11pm ET.
  • Register Now for Cybersecurity Hygiene Course

    If you’re concerned about the cybersecurity threats posed to your PSAP by the Internet and other emerging technologies, don’t wait to register for this class being held at APCO headquarters in January. Space is limited. So don’t wait to register. Sponsored and presented by SecuLore. MORE
  • Recertification Process Going Paperless January 1

    Beginning January 1, 2018, the recertification process for all APCO Institute courses must be completed online. As of that date, paper recertification forms will no longer be accepted. The Institute launched its online recertification process in late 2016 to enhance customer service and reduce turnaround times for becoming recertifed. More information
  • APCO Taps IBM Watson Capabilities to Evaluate and Report on Emergency Calls

    APCO and IBM announced that APCO International’s new guide card software called APCO IntelliComm™ will use IBM Watson Speech-to-Text and Watson Analytics to significantly enhance the scripted criteria guidance used by 9-1-1 emergency telecommunicators nationwide.