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  • 08 Sep 2016 5:43 PM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    International Public Safety Association Video, Never Forget

    We encourage the sharing and distribution of this video whether it is by email, during roll call, or on social media.  

    Members of the International Public Safety Association will always remember 9/11 and honor the ultimate sacrifice that our public safety officials made on that day and continue to make every day.  

    The magnitude of response was unprecedentedPublic safety responders, including emergency medical, fire, law enforcement, telecommunications, public works and others, showed us that a team response to disasters and emergency events is essential.  That is why we are committed to assure that all public safety responders learn from this tragic event.  

    The International Public Safety Association will do everything in its power to encourage the development of an effective, cross-disciplined, and collaborative public safety community capable of an integrated response to every incident.  

    Together We Are Stronger 

  • 18 Aug 2016 7:37 AM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    The IPSA Journal is a NEW opportunity to publish articles about leadership issues and best practices applicable to all facets of the public safety community. Our readers represent the entire public safety community: law enforcement, fire service, EMS, telecommunications, public works (water, sanitation, and transportation), public health, hospitals, security, private sector, and emergency management. This executive journal is suited for individuals interested in writing about public safety for public safety.  Learn More

  • 10 Aug 2016 8:00 AM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    The International Public Safety Association is pleased to provide input on the Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity Report.  Our input will support the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) efforts.

  • 01 Aug 2016 12:30 PM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    Call to Action: Download this Position Statement and Circulate It Within Your Department

    The International Public Safety Association (IPSA) supports the recommendation to properly classify the Public Safety Telecommunicator as a “Protective Service Occupation” in the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) under the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The SOC is one of several classification systems established by the OMB to ensure coordination of federal statistical activities.

    The Standard Occupational Classification Committee (SOCPC), made up of representatives from nine different federal agencies, was established in 2014 to review public comments and make recommendations to the OMB for the revised 2018 SOC. The SOCPC, going against comments from the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International (APCO), the public, and the Congressional Next Gen 9-1-1 Caucus Co-Chairs, recommended to maintain the current classification of the Telecommunicator as an “Office and Administrative Support Occupation”.

    The role of the Public Safety Telecommunicator has greatly evolved over the last several years and is a critical component of emergency response. As the FIRST, first responder, some examples of their capabilities include:

    1. Within seconds of answering the call, they can begin offering lifesaving instructions over the phone such as CPR, child birth, safe evacuation routes, etc.; minutes before anyone arrives on scene.
    2. Act as the first line of defense for responders and maintain overall situational awareness by gathering, evaluating and communicating pertinent information or suspicious activity.
    3. Obtain, organize and distribute resources for major events such as an Active Shooter, Hostage Situation, Natural Disasters, Tactical Operations, etc.

    Furthermore, the nature of this position allows for little to no closure. What was once considered to be only a “stressful” job, has now proven to be a traumatic one. Telecommunicators do not get to witness with their eyes, they hear the chaos and can only imagine what has occurred on scene.  Because of this, Public Safety Telecommunicators are highly susceptible to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). They are remote from the scene, but carry heavy levels of responsibility with minimal ability to influence the outcome. They experience the same psychological impacts as all other first responders; helplessness, fear, horror, just from a different perspective.

    The International Public Safety Association stands with APCO, NENA, the Congressional Next Gen 9-1-1 Caucus Co-Chairs and members of the public who have passionately advocated for this change and are very disappointed in the recommendation of the Policy Committee.

    The IPSA will continue to monitor this situation and post any updated information or instruction on how to encourage this correction from the OMB.

    Adopted July 30, 2016

  • 20 Jul 2016 7:30 AM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    The IPSA Board of Directors unanimously voted to re-appoint Captain J. Scott Quirarte as Treasurer for another one year term!  Thank you for your continued service Captain Quirarte!  Officers

  • 17 Jul 2016 10:50 AM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    Attacks on police continued today. 

    Early this morning a Milwaukee (WI) police officer was shot in a “vicious” attack as he sat in his squad car‎. 

    Just a few hours ago, law enforcement officers, in the Baton Rouge (LA) area, were targeted with three officers killed and six others injured in what appears to be a planned attack.  The scene is fluid and on going and members of the public safety community are on-site searching for additional suspects and tending to the injured. 

    The International Public Safety Association mourns for the victims, their families, the Baton Rouge and Milwaukee communities, praying that communities, public safety, and leadership across this nation come to gather to end this senseless violence. 

    Our prayers are with you all,

    Chief Scott Edson, Chairman, Board of Directors, International Public Safety Association

    Press Contact:  Heather R. Cotter, Executive Director

    Mobile - 703-909-7616 


  • 15 Jul 2016 9:00 AM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    The catastrophic attack that occurred in Nice, France last night resulted in several causalities. This incident is a devastation felt around the globe. The International Public Safety Association expresses its deepest condolences to all that have been impacted this horrific incident.

  • 13 Jul 2016 12:33 PM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    The International Public Safety Association invites everyone nationwide to honor the fallen and wounded Dallas officers by wearing blue this Friday, July 15 a week after the Dallas tragedy.   

    In addition, we request that our public safety community, membership, and private citizens stay strong, lean on each other for support, and continue to operate in a way that maintains a civilized, safe, and lawful society.  Our nation is feeling a tremendous amount of frustration and pain given the recent events. 

    We also request that our public safety community, membership, and private citizens work with leadership within their organizations, elected officials, and community organizations to objectively assess and develop a path forward to help solve these very serious issues. 

    The International Public Safety Association just launched the Keep Everyone Safe Campaign to address these issues and we will continue to develop and deliver educational resources for the entire community.
  • 10 Jul 2016 6:17 AM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    This is a public service announcement from the International Public Safety Association.

    We recognize the critical need to educate members of our communities on how to act when stopped or questioned by law enforcement.

    Please Share on Social Media or any other channels.

    For hard copy of the video file, contact us at

  • 08 Jul 2016 2:57 PM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    The International Public Safety Association supports the FBI’s "Don't Name Them" campaign.  Media exposure of active shooter and mass casualty incidents should focus on the victims and heroes, and we strongly advocate that all media outlets, reporters, academicians, and public safety trainers withhold the offender’s name, unless he or she is presently at large.  By abstaining, we may reduce the motivation to attack and limit opportunity of perceived fame. 

    According to, developed by the ALERRT™ Center at Texas State University, there are a number of actionable strategies our Membership, like-minded citizens, academic institutions, media channels, and organizations can do to support this campaign:

    1.       Encourage law enforcement and other agencies/organizations to sign on.

    2.       Publicly recognize the media outlets that step up to this effort and encourage their decisions to not sensationalize the tragedy.

    3.       Create a general media announcement to get the word out. 

    4.       Have individuals sign petitions encouraging media outlets to move their focus from the shooters to the victims and the heroes.

    5.       Develop a message that anyone can send to the media in the wake of a shooting.

    6.       Develop letters to the editor and other materials that can be sent to media outlets by individuals.

    The International Public Safety Association believes that these efforts will make a difference.  We strongly encourage you to support the "Don't Name Them" campaign by adopting the above mentioned strategies. Get involved and join the International Public Safety Association today.


    International Public Safety Association 

    Press Contact: Heather R. Cotter 

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