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  • 27 Aug 2015 8:16 AM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    It is with genuine enthusiasm to announce that Chief Sean Marschke with the Sturtevant (WI) Police Department is the new Chair of our Multidiscipline Mentoring Program.

    Chief Marschke was appointed to serve as the Chair by the IPSA Board and brings several years of experience working as a Mentor.  He is also the Director of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association Board of Directors and the Chairman of the WCPA Police Chief Mentoring program.

    Learn more about our program and how to get involved.


  • 20 Aug 2015 3:22 PM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    The IPSA is pleased to announce the formation of a partnership with ManageURiD – a company that was formed for the exclusive and urgent purpose of controlling the amount and type of personal information that is being compiled and made readily available about all of us on the Internet.

    The IPSA has partnered with ManageURiD to bring this personal information protection service to IPSA Members at a discount.  Anyone who signs up for the service through the IPSA's ManageURiD portal will receive a 50% discount on the cost of the service AND will also help support the IPSA.

    The personal privacy of virtually everyone is routinely being violated today in a way that especially threatens the physical and financial well-being of public safety personnel and their families. This issue has become seriously aggravated by the stated targeting of police and other public safety officials by organizations like Anonymous, various protest groups, and others, and has made the protection of the personal information of these individuals a safety and force protection imperative.

    Removing This Information Is Difficult

    The only practical solution to this problem is to remove relevant sensitive personal information from the 50+ sites making it available. The unfortunate reality, however, is that removing personal information from these sites is intentionally convoluted and extremely difficult. While it is technically possible, most people do not have the time, patience, interest or skill to successfully accomplish the task as the process would virtually require a full time commitment.

    For more information and to start protecting your personal information, login to the IPSA website and go to the IPSA Members Area to access this new benefit. 


  • 01 Jul 2015 1:00 AM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    Happy Birthday IPSA!

    One year ago, in July 2014, the International Public Safety Association (IPSA) was formed to unite the public safety community and to break down cultural barriers that exist between the public safety disciplines. 

    As we begin a new fiscal year, and celebrate our anniversary, I would like to take a moment to recognize our Membership and our Board.  The IPSA would not be here without your support and belief that by working together we can make a difference and carry out an integrated response to all incidents. 

    During this second year, the IPSA will be focused on providing new opportunities for our Members to network and cross-train.  You will continue to see IPSA's positive growth and there will be new opportunities to get involved with the Association.  Further, you will begin seeing the IPSA represented at key forums and federal/national committees. 

    With complete sincerity, thank you for all that you do to keep us safe and for giving back to the public safety community through the IPSA.

    Together We Are Stronger
    — Heather R. Cotter, Executive Director

  • 27 Jun 2015 8:33 AM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    You spoke, we listened!  Check out our new online store and buy some new IPSA Merchandise.  We will continue to add new products throughout the year. 

    IPSA Store

  • 24 Jun 2015 4:44 PM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    The International Public Safety Association (IPSA) is pleased to announce the release of its new logo and its new website

    The IPSA represents all public safety disciplines: law enforcement, fire service, EMS, telecommunications, public works (water, sanitation, transportation), public health, hospitals, security, private sector, and emergency management, and our new logo is more reflective of our constituency and who we serve.  The logo of the IPSA is used to authenticate documents issued by the IPSA and is its official trade mark.

    IPSA Logo Symbolism

    • The full color logo’s outer ring and wreath represent the gold standard of service that is provided by IPSA to the entire public safety profession
    • The globe represents IPSA’s commitment to support public safety professions worldwide
    • The Latin Phrase, “ūna validiōrēs sumus” in the inner circle means, “Together We Are Stronger”

    The IPSA is proud to share this new logo with our members and the public safety community. By working together, we can provide a stronger, more integrated public safety community capable of an effective joint response to all public safety incidents.

    In addition to the new logo, the IPSA launched a new website.  Our new website has been updated to incorporate feedback from our members and will also allow us to build upon technology capable of addressing future needs. Immediately you will notice new features including a Membership Directory and a Members Professional On-line Forum.  The website also includes streamlined menus, simple navigation, and access to our resources any time of day.

  • 18 Jun 2015 6:16 PM | International Public Safety Association (Administrator)

    Although different by design, acts of terrorism, active shooter incidents, and complex, coordinated attacks exist and we need to do everything possible to make sure we are as prepared as we can be to respond quickly and strategically.  

    Attacks like 9/11, Beslan in 2004, Mumbai in 2008, Sandy Hook in 2012, Boston in 2013, Navy Yard in 2013, Nairobi in 2013, LAX in 2013, and the recent terror in Paris in 2015 have no jurisdictional boundaries.  These attacks evolve quickly and they often occur with little to no warning.  Victims can be anyone, any age or any gender. We know that the M/O will vary.  We know that weaponry will vary. We know there is a wide-range of planning tactics from impulsively acting to extensive planning.  Given all of these things, how prepared are you to respond? 

    • How often are meetings between law enforcement, fire, EMS, and dispatch taking place in your city? 

    • How often are you meeting to update your response plan? 

    • How are you ensuring that everyone read and understood your response plan?

    • Are you currently running drills that would prepare you for the types of attacks that occurred in other cities? 

    • Who is involved with those drills?

    • Do the drills include law enforcement, fire, EMS, and dispatch? Are you taking it a step further and engaging private sector security (e.g. hospital, hotels, etc)? 

    In order to be truly prepared, city government, dispatch, law enforcement, fire, and EMS need to begin communicating regularly. Stakeholders from each of these disciplines need to have a seat at the table during planning, and they should also participate in training drills.  

    While funding remains scarce and departmental resources are spread thin, starting the necessary conversations with the key stakeholders is not expensive.  Taking time to meet and strategize and document about what your town, city, or region would do is critical for the safety of our first responders and our communities.  

    The International Public Safety Association recognizes there are gaps to bridge and it is our vision is for a stronger, more integrated public safety community capable of an effective joint response to all public safety incidents.  We are actively working on bringing together all stakeholders to have these conversations and making sure the conversations continue as planning and tactics evolve.  

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