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Webinar Week: August 14 - 18, 2017

The International Public Safety Association believes in providing mission critical, educational and affordable training opportunities to the public safety community throughout the year. 

Join us by participating in our first Webinar Week this August 14-18, 2017. Each day, Monday - Friday, IPSA will host a Free Educational Webinar at 10am Arizona Time. 

Sessions, Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities are below

Download and share our flyer with everyone who should attend! 

Last Chance!
Webinar Week Champions

This is the last opportunity to sponsor IPSA's Webinar Week! Individuals or companies can become a Webinar Week Champion for only $1,000. 

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  1. What time do the webinars begin? 10am Arizona time (1pm Eastern).
  2. Will the webinars be recorded for later viewing? Yes, IPSA will record the webinars and share them on this webpage for free viewing through August 31. Then they will be archived in our On-Demand System for rental. 
  3. I missed the webinar, how do I watch it? All webinars will be published on this page.  Every webinar will be posted after it's gone through the post-editing production process. In other words, check back often.
  4. Will Certificates of Attendance be available? Yes, however, you must attend to receive a Certificate. 
  5. Do I have to be an IPSA Member to register for Webinar Week? No, but we hope you decide to join
  6. Can I social promote webinar week? Yes! We will be too - please use #WebinarWeek and tag us on Twitter @joinipsa

Critical Role of 911 on a Hostage Negotiation Team

Available until August 31.
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Mindy Secrest is with Arlington County (Virginia) Police Department. She has over 15 years of experience in police and fire dispatch, experience as a CTO, assistant supervisor, volunteer fire/rescue, has worked with members of the ACPD Negotiation team and is co-lead of the ACPDs Dispatch Peer Support / CISM team. Ms. Secrest is passionate about teaching and adding every possible skill and tool to ensure dispatchers are supporting field units in a comprehensive manner.

Critical Incident/Active Shooter Awareness

Available until August 31.
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Lieutenant Brian Ruck has served with a major metropolitan police department in the National Capital Region or eighteen years. This includes fourteen years of experience as a SWAT operator, firearms instructor, and tactics trainer. Lieutenant Ruck has been the lead trainer for the department’s active shooter programs since 2005 to include the nationally recognized Paramilitary Attack Counter Offensive Plan (PACOP) model. Brian also owns a public safety consulting company specializing in preparing civilians to survive critical incidents. 

Why first responders need post incident debriefings

Availble through August 31.
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Ms. Amy Morgan is the Director of Academy Hour, a provider of mental health and leadership training. She is pursuing a Doctorate of Education degree, has earned a Master's degree in Counseling and holds a Bachelor's of Science in Behavioral Sciences. She is a certified ASIST and QPR trainer of suicide intervention courses and is trained as an Oklahoma Supreme Court civil mediator.

Thursday, August 17 @ 10am Arizona

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FAA Considerations for Getting Operational with UAS in Public Safety

Whether your agency has a UAS Program, is considering it or you're just looking to increase your knowledge, you should sign up for this webinar.

Policies and use cases for UAS Programs are constantly changing. It is incredibly challenging for agencies to keep up.  The instructors will briefly discuss the concepts of Airspace, Airman certification, and Aircraft (UAS are aircraft), as well as discuss operating requirements under either Public vs Civil legal frameworks, the relevant statutes that apply, the process to follow, considerations to be given when considering using UAS in public safety, and some handy tools and references for the UAS operators.

Attendees will learn about specific public safety use cases of UAS. Additionally, an overview of what is happening nationally in public safety and opportunities how you can be more involved as an individual, an organization and/or both will be shared. This webinar will provide valuable insights as to what is required to implement a new UAS Program.

The presenters include Charles Werner, Chair of IPSA’s UAS Committee and FAArepresentatives John Meehan, Dave Bear and Steven Pansky.

Charles Werner, Chair of the IPSA's UAS Committee
Charles L. Werner (Charlottesville Fire Chief Ret.- Emeritus)- Charles Werner is presently serving as the Chair of the IPSA’s UAS Committee. He is acting Deputy State Coordinator and Senior Advisor with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. He presently advises on Rail Responder Apps, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, FirstNet, NG911, Situational Awareness, GIS and interoperability. Chief Werner serves on the CSX Rail Respond Steering Committee and the Association of American Railroads Public Safety Rail Advisory Committee. Chief Werner is also the lead organizer and chair for the National Council on Public Safety UAS and is a certified Part 107 Remote Pilot with the Albemarle County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team. Charles also serves on the NPSTC UAS Working Group and the Metro Washington COG UAS Working Group.

John Meehan, FAA, Management & Program Analyst/Industry Liaison
John is a Management & Program Analyst and Industry Liaison in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Team, located at FAA Headquarters in Washington, DC. In this role, John provides technical support, subject matter expertise, and performs detailed research in response to inquiries from within the agency, other agencies, industry, Congress and the general public, and coordinates responses with appropriate FAA personnel. He also provides subject matter expertise in the development of concepts, policies, standards, procedures and guidance related to the safe integration of UAS into the NAS.  

John is a graduate of West Point and former US Army Helicopter Instructor Pilot and served just over 5 years in the Army as an Aviation Officer before getting his MBA from Boston College and joining private industry, mostly in International Sales and General Management positions.  He has worked at three Aircraft OEMs and run Fixed Base Operations at Stewart Airport in New York and Washington Dulles Airport in Virginia. Prior to joining the FAA, John was most recently the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Global Sales at Wyvern Ltd, an aviation risk management company based in Yardley, PA. John holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument rating rotary wing, a Private Pilot Rating with Instrument rating, single engine land airplane, and a UAS Remote Pilot Certificate.

Dave Bear, FAA, Aviation Safety Inspector, Public Aircraft Operations Subject Matter Expert
Dave held several line pilot and airline management positions from 1987-2005. He started with the Federal Aviation Administration in 2006, spending the first ten years as a Principal Operations Inspector with a Flight Standards District Office. Dave current works as a Public Aircraft Operations Subject Matter Expert for the General Aviation and Commercial Division at the FAA’s Washington DC office. He assists other FAA offices in educational outreach and regulatory issues with key stakeholders such as Public Aircraft Operators (Law Enforcement, 1st Responders, Public Health, etc). Dave holds an Airline Transport Pilot, Gold Seal Flight Instructor and UAS Remote Pilot certificates and began flying in 1978.

Steve Pansky, SME/Contractor FAA, UAS Tactical Operations Emerging Technologies Team
As a Senior Air Traffic Control Analyst for the past seven years, Steve has been the subject matter expert on all matters relating to the Certificate of Waiver/Authorization (COA) approval for unmanned Aircraft Systems by Federal, State, County, and City law enforcement/Fire and First Responder agencies and the coordination of air traffic requirements for manufactures applying for Special Airworthiness Certificates- Experimental Category.

Friday, August 18 @ 10am Arizona

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How a cyberattack can bring down your department - and what you can do to identify, respond, recover

Imagine if your agency’s CAD was hacked and unusable for hours or days. How would your agency function? What if your entire communications network went down? What would you do if your agency was a victim of ransomware?

Why should public safety officials care about cybersecurity? Isn’t it something for IT to figure out? The answer is no. Cybersecurity and cyber threats impact all first responders and it’s important to understand the basics of cybersecurity and the impacts of cyber threats so you can effectively respond and eventually recover.

This webinar will focus on public safety cybersecurity and information protection from a strategic and management perspective rather than strictly a technology perspective. The cybersecurity threat to public safety is real and growing, and the scope of your cybersecurity approach should cover a broad set of public safety technologies including 911, CAD/RMS, radio and broadband communications, public safety data networks, devices like smartphones and public safety information such as personal/victim data (fire and police), public safety personnel data, and evidence. 

Reducing cybersecurity risk requires a comprehensive approach spearheaded by agency leadership vs. delegating all responsibility to IT personnel. Effective agency governance, planning, policies and training is critical.

Instuctor's Biography 

M.K. Palmore, CISSP, is a Senior Federal Law Enforcement Executive with strong leadership and mentoring skills responsible for cybersecurity, risk management and strategic-vision creation and implementation. His skilled competencies and areas of excellence include Cybersecurity, Enterprise Risk Management, Governance & Compliance, Information Security Program Development, Digital Forensics, InfoSec Incident Response & Management, Physical Security, Executive-Protection, Crisis Response & Management, Business Continuity and Disaster Response Planning. 

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