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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.



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Apply to Serve

Two Projects

The IPSA is looking for Active-Level Members (current or new) to participate in two separate projects. These projects will kick-off in November 2019 and run through February 28, 2020. 

  • Project 1 is a documented review of the standard functional requirements for CAD and RMS systems - two publications that are 13-years old, but still needed by the field. 
    • This project will be 90 days in duration. 
    • It will be a review of the CAD Functional Requirements to see what is still relevant and what updates (to include 911, fire and EMS needs) are needed for a future version. 
    • It will also include a review of the RMS Functional Requirements. 
    • Executive Director Cotter was the project manager for both of these publications from 2005-2009. 
  • Project 2 is the development of an InfoBrief on Civil Unrest. 
    • The angle and research will be scoped out by the members of the task force. 
    • This project will be 90 days in duration. 

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.

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