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  • 21 Mar 2016 9:23 AM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    The International Public Safety Association appointed several members representing law enforcement, fire service, EMS, telecommunications, and private sector security to three new association committees:  Communications; Peer Review; and Emerging Technologies.  The committees are an opportunity for members to roll up their sleeves to develop policies, recommendations, publications, and artifacts for the Association and the global public safety community.

    The Communications Committee, chaired by Niky Smith with Cypress Creek EMS (TX), is responsible for providing the Association information and direction on the current and projected status of communication centers within the public safety spectrum as it pertains to operations, training, response and professional development.  The committee will work diligently to develop strategies, publish articles, and distribute any pertinent information through various mediums that will aim to enhance the overall understanding of communication centers and the vital role of telecommunicators in emergency response. 

    The Peer Review Committee, chaired by Dr. Richard Bistline, will provide the Association guidance in all matters relating to the development of a new publication - the IPSA Journal.  The committee will be initially charged with establishing manuscript guidelines for the IPSA Journal, developing a checklist and criteria for publication to include specific criteria for review to all for approval, rejection and resubmissions.  The first release of the IPSA Journal is scheduled for October 2016. 

    The Emerging Technologies in Public Safety Committee, chaired by Dennis Weiner, consists of representatives in law enforcement, fire, EMS, and the private sector.  This Committee is responsible for providing the Association with contemporary information on all matters relating to the development and implementation of operational and tactical technology solutions that have application in Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Emergency Management, and Security.

  • 16 Mar 2016 3:47 PM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    Membership Drive:  Become a Member, Refer a Member!

    The individual with the most referrals between today and April 15 will receive a free registration for our 2016 Symposium.
    • Become a Member today and refer others!
    • Already a Member?  Refer a colleague (or 2 or 5)!

    The Winner will be announced on Monday, April 18. 

    Important Rule: Make sure to list the name of the individual who referred you to join in the "How did you learn about IPSA?" question field of the membership application so they get the necessary credit..

  • 16 Mar 2016 3:35 PM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)
    Did you know that thirty-eight percent of mobile users have experienced mobile cyber crime in 2014? [1]

    As we continue to embrace the conveniences of connecting to the Internet on the go, it’s important to protect your information on all of your electronic devices.

    Being more aware of cybersecurity risks and taking a few simple steps can make a big difference in our overall online safety. That’s why the International Public Safety Association has joined the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign.  Stop.Think.Connect. is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering you to be safer and more secure online.

    Cyberspace touches nearly every part of our daily lives. It includes the broadband networks beneath us and the wireless signals around us, the local networks in our agencies and  schools and hospitals and businesses, and the massive grids that power our Nation.

    In our professional and personal lives, as well as in our communities, we depend on the Internet and its vast system of networks to perform daily functions. However, as technology advances, so do the techniques cyber criminals use to gain access to our computer networks.

    This new partnership will provide the International Public Safety Association with tools and resources to educate public safety across the country about safer online practices. Whether you are at work on the company network, at home, or on your smartphone, you have a responsibility in creating a safer Internet.

    [1] Symantec 2014 Internet Security Threat Report

  • 16 Mar 2016 9:17 AM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    The International Public Safety Association is looking for a motivated Social Media Specialist to attract and interact with targeted virtual communities and network users in public safety. Our goal is to gradually achieve superior public safety engagement, increase our social media following, and build awareness of our Association by strategically leveraging all aspects of social media.


    • Build and execute social media strategy through competitive research, platform determination, benchmarking, messaging and audience identification
    • Generate, edit, publish and share daily content (original text, images, video or HTML) that builds meaningful connections and encourages community members to take action
    • Assist with the set up and optimize our pages within each platform to increase the visibility of Association’s social content
    • Moderate all user-generated content in line with the moderation policy for each community
    • Create editorial calendars and syndication schedules
    • Continuously improve by capturing and analyzing the appropriate social data/metrics, insights and best practices, and then acting on the information


    • Proven working experience in social media or related field
    • Excellent writing, editing (photo/video/text), presentation, and communication skills
    • Demonstrable social networking experience and social analytics tools knowledge
    • Knowledge of online marketing
    • Knowledge of public safety
    • Positive attitude, detail and customer oriented  with good multitasking and organizational ability
    • Fluency in English
    • BS in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Communications, Marketing, Business, New Media or Public Relations, preferred
    • Open until filled
    • Part Time Volunteer Opportunity
    • M-F (1-3 hours per day)

    Email your cover letter and resume to us at 

  • 07 Mar 2016 12:44 PM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)
    The International Public Safety Association announced their partnership in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign. The Campaign is an unprecedented effort among more than 150 government, nonprofit, and academic organizations to promote safer online behavior and practices.

    “As technologies advance and the number of connected devices grows at an exponential rate, so do cyber threats and our need to understand online risks,” said Dr. Phyllis Schneck, Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “Together, the International Public Safety Association and the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign will increase cybersecurity awareness and promote new tools and initiatives, helping Americans better protect themselves, their families, and their communities online.”

    The Campaign’s substantial network of organizations enables it to reach a broad audience, helping Americans of all ages understand the potential risks that come with using the Internet and encouraging them to take steps to protect themselves online.

    “Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility.  It is critical for all public safety officials to be aware of the issues and potential threats within their agency and jurisdiction.  As we enjoy the constantly evolving conveniences of living in a digital world, it’s also important to protect ourselves from the risks,” said Heather R. Cotter, Executive Director of the International Public Safety Association. “The partnership with the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign demonstrates our commitment to proactively educate the entire public safety community about how to take simple steps to stay safe.”

    Full Press Release

  • 17 Feb 2016 11:56 AM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)
    There are so many ways you can support the International Public Safety Association - from helping us build awareness by telling others about us to rolling up your sleeves and joining a committee.   

    1. Become a member.
    2. Already a member? Refer a colleague.
    3. Purchase something cool from our Store
    4. Update your Social Media Profiles (e.g. LinkedIn) and your Resumes to show that you're a Member. 
    5. Like Us on Facebook.
    6. Share our Facebook Posts.
    7. Like our Facebook Posts.
    8. Follow us on LinkedIn.
    9. Like our LinkedIn updates. 
    10. Share our LinkedIn updates.
    11. Follow us on Twitter.
    12. Join a Committee.
    13. Give a Tax Deductible Donation to help support our operations, events, and work. 
    14. Attend a Webcast.
    15. Tell others about our Webcasts.
    16. View a Recorded Webcast (and then request your Certificate of Completion). 
    17. Become a Corporate Sponsor.
    18. Refer a company/vendor you work with to become a Corporate Sponsor.
    19. Attend our 2016 Symposium (details coming soon).
    20. Email us about National Priorities with which you think we should be involved.  

    Together We Are Stronger. 
  • 12 Feb 2016 7:51 AM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)
    It has been a tragic week for law enforcement officials across our nation, and the International Public Safety Association expresses its condolences to everyone impacted by these tragedies.  We understand the sacrifices and risks all first responders and public safety officials take each day you serve to protect us and our communities.  

    This week, a Colorado sheriff's deputy died after being shot Monday; two sheriff's deputies were killed Wednesday in Maryland; a police officer in Georgia is dead after gunfire broke out Thursday while he and other officers were serving a warrant; and a police officer shot Wednesday night in North Dakota did not survive, authorities say. Source CNN.

    In response to these tragic events, we want to formally show our support of the National Sheriffs' Association's Wear and Display BLUE campaign.  

    The Wear and Display BLUE campaign is to encourage all law enforcement professionals, all first responders, supporters, and citizens to please Wear and Display Blue TODAY and join us in a moment of silence to honor and remember the sacrifice at 1PM EDT today.

    Stay Strong. Be Vigilant.  Be Safe.

  • 08 Feb 2016 2:39 PM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    The International Public Safety Association is active on LinkedIn and we want you to get social with us. 

    So, how do you get social?  There are several ways - here are some ideas:

    • Follow our LinkedIn Company Page
    • Share our updates
    • Like our updates
    • Comment on our updates
    • Update your LinkedIn Profile to reflect that you are a Member (applies to IPSA members only...of course).
  • 20 Jan 2016 3:34 PM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)
    As one of the newest member organizations of the DHS Emergency Services Sector Committee, the International Public Safety Association will be reaching out from time-to-time to our Members to get involved with some of the DHS ESS sub-groups.  

    Opportunity for an IPSA Member: If you are interested in an upcoming opportunity to get involved with a DHS sub-group, have a background in intelligence, and are a currently employed by a government agency (law, fire, EM, EMS, etc) please reach out to us by sending an email with your name, title, professional discipline you represent, employer, experience in intelligence and/or intelligence analysis, and the best way to contact you to  

    The goal of this particular working group, the Emergency Services Sector Key Intelligence Questions (ESS-KIQ) Working Group, is to create joint standard operating procedures (JSOP) for ESS analysts as a guide for the collection and dissemination of this information to the sector. The final product will become a guiding document to support future Intel gathering and production for the sector.

    We encourage you to check out the DHS Emergency Services Sector Plan.  

  • 11 Jan 2016 1:29 PM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    Per the FAA, effective December 21, 2015, anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft of a certain weight must register with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry before they fly outdoors. People who previously operated their UAS must register by February 19, 2016. People who do not register could face civil and criminal penalties.  Click on the link below to learn more about the requirements.

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