Professional Development Sessions
Your Educational Guide to APCO 2015
Welcome to your educational experience led by APCO. Through a very rigorous process, our sessions were selected from the best and brightest in our industry in various subject matters. APCO strives to provide you with an educational experience unparalleled to any other industry-related event. In doing so, we will help you become more knowledgeable in your field, more valuable to your agency and co-workers, and better equipped with the latest tools to keep our communities and the public safe.
Below are the tracks purposely designed to focus on specific subject areas. They are intended to act as a guide when planning your education. To begin your journey, read each track description below, then simply look for the logo and/or track name when selecting your sessions throughout the week.
2015 Education Tracks
These sessions will focus on subjects that are relevant to frontline telecommunicator including procedures related to answering 9-1-1 calls, dispatching public safety units and physical/emotional health and wellness.
The sessions within this track will focus on developing leadership skills that every successful person needs to possess, both operationally and technically. Participants will learn the tools and techniques to enhance their personal performance and become a great leader.
|Communications Center Management
Sessions will enable managers to create a powerful impact on their employees and their agency by focusing on issues directly related to operating a communications center and mentoring.
|Emergency Preparedness, Response & Situational Awareness
The sessions within this track are designed to address the operational planning needed to prepare communication centers and first responders for an unexpected and expanding emergency event. Discussions include operational responses to major events.
|Radio Technologies, Land Mobile Radio & Spectrum Management
This track is dedicated to relevant trends and future-thinking insights related to Land Mobile Radio (LMR).
|NG9-1-1 and Emerging Technologies
These track sessions will cover the operational impact of new technology in the communication center and how technology and information sharing are evolving.
|Cutting Edge Issues and Hot Topics
Hand-picked by APCO staff, these sessions will cover the very latest developments in public safety communications – ranging from new policy and technological trends to after action discussion concerning recent public safety incidents such as 9-1-1 outages and natural and man-made disasters.
|Social Media in the PSAP *NEW*
This track will contain sessions devoted to discussions of PSAPs internal restrictions for the use of social media, external uses of multiple social media sources, and the challenges and opportunities of both.
|Industry Products and Tools *NEW*
Sessions in this track will showcase vendor demonstrations on their latest product or tool and how it is applicable to the APCO membership.
Additional educational opportunities to round out your APCO 2015 experience:
- Career Advancement Center – Learn the skills you need to grow professionally.
- Presentation Theater – Listen to public safety companies on the latest technology.
- Living Room – Find out how to incorporate health and wellness into your daily life .
Seats in concurrent educational sessions are limited and are available onsite on a first-come, first-served basis. Popular sessions will reach capacity quickly, so please plan to arrive early. Use of the Itinerary tool in the attendee service center does not guarantee or reserve a seat in any session.