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INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY ASSOCIATION
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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.



Active Projects

Project is underway. Expected completion is June 30, 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: InfoBrief on the Opioid Crisis

Kickoff Meeting: April 2018

Project Completion Date: June 30, 2018

Level of Effort: Up to 40 Hours per person


Project is underway. Expected completion is June 30, 2018.

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: InfoBrief Assaults Against First Responders

Kickoff Meeting: April 2018

Project Completion Date: June 30, 2018

Level of Effort: Up to 40 Hours per person

Previous Work

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 was created to develop an a series of InfoBriefs for the IPSA. The IPSA would like to acknowledge the work performed by Lieutenant Michael Lugo with Fort Worth Fire Department, Chief of Police Tom Engells with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Ms. Allison Knox, Assistant Professor with American Public University System and Tabitha Beaton with Calgary Emergency Management Agency. 

  1. Homegrown Violent Extremism Background, Radicalization and Countering Violent Extremism
  2. Homegrown Violent Extremism Collaborative Leadership and Community Resilience
  3. Homegrown Violent Extremism Recovery Planning for Public Safety

Apply to Serve

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.
The next Policy Task Force call for applicants will be in mid-Summer 2018. 

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