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Policy Task Force 

Everyday there is a new issue facing the public safety community. Whether it’s the opioid crisis, White House Executive Orders, cybersecurity, integrated active shooter response, terrorism, Supreme Court rulings or training and standards issues. These issues continue to challenge public safety, and there is a tremendous amount of work that needs to be done.

The IPSA advocates for the entire public safety community, and we establish Policy Task Forces that work with the IPSA’s Executive Director to respond to issues through the development of position statements, model policy development, issues papers and related research and materials to disseminate to the field. All Policy Task Force members micro-volunteer to address an emerging issue.

Expectations and Requirements

The IPSA expects all individuals applying to serve on a Policy Task Force to be dedicated professionals committed to seeing each engagement through completion.   

  • Attend all Policy Task Force Meetings (meetings are remote).
  • Teleconference or web-based meetings are held once a month through the project's completion.
  • Expect to volunteer up to 8 hours per month – one hour for the meeting and up to seven hours researching, writing and shaping policy on the issue that your team is addressing.
  • You must be an Active Member of the IPSA. If you are currently an Associate Member, you must upgrade your membership.
  • Each micro-volunteer term ends when a project is completed, which is generally 60-90 days.

Applications will be accepted through January 5, 2018

Policy Issue - Opioid Crisis: The Role of First Responders

The opioid crisis is a public health crisis. Because of this, it is also impacting the way first responders care for patients who overdose. There has been a lot of debate about first responders administering naloxone. This issues paper will focus on the role of the first responder, the implications of using naloxone (pros and cons) and the overall impact the opioid crisis is having on the public safety profession. 

Project: Issues Paper on the Opioid Crisis

Kickoff Meeting: Thursday, January 11 @ 10am Arizona time. Attendance is required, meeting will be remote.

Project Completion Date: March 15

Level of Effort: Up to 40 Hours per person

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Applications will be accepted through January 5

Policy Issue - Assaults Against First Responders

Public safety professionals who work in law enforcement, fire/EMS and even healthcare are assaulted at an alarming rate. Assaults against first responders are often unreported. This issues paper will examine the prevalance of assaults against public safety and provide recommendations on how to improve situational awareness to counter assaults, provide de-escalation strategies and tips about how/when to report an assault. 

Project: Issues Paper on Assaults Against First Responders

Kickoff Meeting: Thursday, January 11 @ 9 am Arizona time. Attendance is required, meeting will be remote.

Project Completion Date: March 15

Level of Effort: Up to 40 Hours per person

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Announcement date: July 20, 2017

Project is underway/No longer accepting applications

Policy Issue - Homegrown Violent Extremism

The increasing frequency of unaffiliated active/violent extremists presents an enduring threat to public safety across the world. Violent extremists seem to defy accurate profiling or easily discernible pre-operations activities. A Policy Task Force is being created to develop an Issue Paper for the IPSA. Key dates and details are listed below. 

  • Project: Issues Paper on HVE
  • Kickoff Meeting: September 1 @ 9am Arizona time. Attendance is required, meeting will be remote. 
  • Project Completion Date: November 30
  • Level of Effort: Up to 40 Hours 

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