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IPSA Edson Award for Leadership in Integrated Public Safety

The International Public Safety Association was accepting nominations through December 15, 2017, from domestic and international public safety representatives for the IPSA Edson Award for Leadership in Integrated Public Safety. This distinguished award recognizes outstanding leadership in advocating for public safety interoperability and honors an individual who puts service before self, works tirelessly to make our communities safer and applies lessons learned and best practices in the public safety profession.

Has someone who works in public safety inspired you? The IPSA Edson Award for Leadership in Integrated Public Safety signifies exemplary leadership. We have all had those mentors, colleagues and supervisors who selflessly share their experiences and expertise to make us better public safety practitioners. This award is given to that individual – the one who effortlessly displays exceptional and consistent leadership qualities during times of crisis and even in day-to-day operations.


We established the IPSA Edson Award for Leadership in Integrated Public Safety in October 2016 and presented it to its first recipient Chief (ret.) Scott Edson during the first IPSA Conference. The IPSA’s leadership team established this award because we recognize that without exceptional leadership, we would not exist. Without strong leadership, we would digress from our mission. Without proven leadership, we would not be where we are today.

Scott Edson, who started his career as an Intern with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department  and retired as a Chief, currently serves as the Executive Director of Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System and is also the Chair of the IPSA’s Board of Directors. Edson’s commitment to public safety and creating an interoperable public safety community is demonstrated through his career advancements and leadership within the IPSA. Edson advocates for a a stronger, more integrated public safety community capable of an effective joint response to all public safety incidents.

One award is given annually.

Additional Details

  • Eligibility: Anyone who works in public safety, both public and private sector. This includes Law Enforcement, Fire Service, EMS, Telecommunications, Emergency Management, Public Health, Public Works, Corrections, Security Professionals, Private Sector, NGO, Transportation, Energy, Hospitals, Medical Directors/Examiners, City Management, Community Members, Local & State Government, Tribal Government, Federal Government and Academia.
  • Deadline: Nominations close on December 15, 2017.
  • Selection process: Representatives from the IPSA Board of Directors will judge the entrants.
  • Winner announcement: The winner will be notified by January 5, 2018 and publicly announced on February 22, 2018, during the IPSA’s Annual Conference.
  • Questions: If you have any questions, please contact us at

The IPSA's Board of Directors is currently reviewing all submissions. 

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