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Chapter Seeks Nominees for Elective Offices

It's almost time to fill five upcoming vacancies on the Virginia APCO Board of Directors. Brief descriptions are below, with further detail available in our Chapter Bylaws . You must be a full voting-eligible member to serve in these positions.  If you're interested in running, please submit your name to the Nominating Committee via Past President Rich Troshak . You are asked to provide a short biography paragraph or résumé, along with a letter of support from your agency indicating it supports your commitment to Virginia APCO.

Rapid changes in our profession demand a clear voice of advocacy and coordination. APCO is  that voice. As a membership association, Virginia APCO needs your  voice and your experience to help lead the path forward. Please consider serving your Association and your profession in one of the roles below:                  

  • Director at Large (2 open positions) - These positions represent the membership at large. They work on projects as assigned by the President and serve as active members of the Board of Directors. These are two year terms.

  • Treasurer - The Treasurer, in addition to serving as an active member of the Board of Directors, is responsible for receiving all Chapter funds, maintaining the Chapter's accounts, and providing annual and other financial reports to the President and the Board. The Treasurer also coordinates external financial audits. This is a two year term.

  • Executive Council Delegate - This Chapter officer, in addition to serving as an active member of the Board of Directors, serves as a conduit between the Chapter and APCO International by serving on the Executive Council (EC). The Delegate attends EC meetings, representing the interests of the Chapter and reporting EC activities back to the Chapter. This is a two year term.

  • Vice President - In addition to serving as an active member of the Board, the Vice President serves in place of the President or President-elect if they are absent. The VP also acts as committee liaison as appointed by the President. This is a one year term, after which the officer advances to President-Elect for one year. That term is followed by a year as President, followed after that by a final year as Immediate Past President. 

If you have questions, feel free to contact a member of the Board of Directors to discuss.  Think about where you've been, what you've seen, and what you want out of your profession, and consider serving as an officer, director, or delegate.

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DCJS Invites Comment on Dispatcher Training Standards

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) recently just updated their Town Hall in regards to the Regulations affecting the Rules Relating to Compulsory Minimum Training Standards for Dispatchers (6 VAC 20-60).  DCJS has created draft regulatory language and this review is open until July 27, 2016, for public comment.  One of the most important areas of change being proposed is developing in-service requirements for agencies whose duties include dispatching law enforcement personnel.  The Virginia APCO Board will be taking an active role in commenting on the proposed changes. Based on the public comments first submitted in January 2016 it is clear that in-service requirements are important to the Public Safety Communications community. Additionally, In-service requirements were identified as a weakness in the Commonwealth when the feasibility study was conducted.

View the Regulatory Documents

Provide Public Comment

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Virginia Chapter Attendees - APCO 2016 Conference

picture of Orlando hotelThe Virginia Chapter of APCO Board of Directors invites you to join us for the annual Chapter Luncheon at The Pub, 9101 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819, on Monday, August 15, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Please RSVP by July 15, 2016, with the names of those attending to Cynthia.BirdShrout@fairfaxcounty.gov
Download Full Invitation, Menu, and Directions.pdf
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Virginia Beach ECCS Receives APCO Agency Training Program Certification
Virginia Beach Emergency Communications and Citizen Services (ECCS), Va., has met the minimum training standards for the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Agency Training Program Certification and has been awarded certification as of June 17, 2016. Public safety agencies utilize the APCO International Agency Training Program Certification as a formal mechanism to ensure their training programs meet APCO American National Standards (ANS). Initial and continuing training for public safety telecommunicators is important as they provide essential services to the public in an expanding and rapidly changing environment.

"America's public safety communications agencies represent the first tier of emergency response," said APCO International President Brent Lee. "Ensuring that training programs and procedures are current, comprehensive, and effective is a key element to success in this role. Achieving APCO Agency Training Program Certification is proof of an agency's commitment to excellence and of their dedication to the communities they serve." Virginia Beach ECCS will be recognized during the Food for Thought Luncheon taking place as part of APCO's 82nd Annual Conference & Expo, in Orlando, Fla., August 14-17, 2016. For more information about the Agency Training Program Certification process, visit www.apcointl.org/p33/ for details.
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Chapter Announces Telecommunicator Awards at Spring Conference
2015 recipients were recognized and received their awards on Thursday, May 5, 2016, in Virginia Beach during the 2016 Virginia NENA-APCO Spring Conference.
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Outstanding Individual Performance In A Critical Incident

Megan Nixon
Hanover County Public Safety Emergency Communications

Outstanding Team Performance In A Critical Incident
Virginia State Police, Division VI (Salem)
Dispatch Supervisor Robert Jones, Senior Dispatcher Kenneth Hogan, Dispatchers Jami Hicks, Jessica Bocock, Brittany Nelson, and Jeremy Wimmer

Nicholas Stepaniak Communications Trainer of the Year
Mary Bowman
Chesterfield County Emergency Communications

Line Supervisor of the Year
Stacey Adams
Hanover County Public Safety Emergency Communications

Communications Center Director of the Year
Jeff Flournoy
Eastern Shore of Virginia 9 1 1 Communications

Information Technologist/Radio Frequency Technologist Of The Year
Steve McMurrer
Fairfax County Public Safety Communications

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Troshak Recognized as Chapter Life Member
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Rich Troshak was recognized and awarded a Chapter Life Member plaque during the awards ceremony at Virginia NENA-APCO Spring Conference on May 5, 2016, at the Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel. Troshak is the Director of Emergency Communications for Chesterfield County. Prior to this position, he was the Project Manager for the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Protective Services Philadelphia MegaCenter, which provides dispatch services to federal facilities in 14 states.
Previously he was also a PSAP Director for Ottawa County, Michigan and Kansas City, Kansas. Rich started his career as a Dispatcher for Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Rich is a past-president of the Michigan Chapter of APCO and specializes in teaching courses on leadership, suicide intervention, stress management, and critical incidents. Rich has also been a speaker at six APCO International Conferences, and numerous state public safety conferences. He was awarded Virginia Chapter Life membership in 2015.
Presentations made by Niki Tidey.
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Chapter Implements Policy Manual and Bylaws Amendments
At its Chapter Meeting on Friday, May 6, 2016, at the Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel, the membership adopted bylaws amendments and took action endorsing the implementation of a Chapter Policy Manual. The Virginia APCO Board has developed an APCO Policy Manual to define policies, practices, and procedures essential to the Virginia Chapter. It is designed to work in tandem with the chapter Bylaws. In addition to capturing and defining various Chapter policies and procedures, procedural information from the Bylaws was extracted and placed into the Policy Manual.  Under provisions of the revised Bylaws and new Policy Manual, the Chapter will be moving forward with electronic balloting for officers and directors.

 

The updated version of the Bylaws is now available under the Organization menu.  The Board and the Resolutions and Bylaws Committee will update and finalize the Policy Manual soon; a provisional copy is also now available via the Organization menu.  Please feel free to reach out to any board member with any questions, comments, and/or suggestions for policy changes or clarifications.
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Regional Advisory Council Minutes and Presentations
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Chapter Issues April 2016 Newsletter
The Virginia Chapter of APCO is pleased to reinstitute its Chapter Newsletter with the publication and release of the April 2016 Issue. Click here to enjoy this issue of the Virginia Chapter Newsletter.
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APCO Continues to Monitor Progress on Updating the Standard Occupational Classification
The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC), which is the federal government's statistical system for occupations, currently identifies 9-1-1 professionals as "Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers" and classifies them in the "Office and Administrative Support Occupations" category, along with office clerks and secretaries. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is working with other federal agencies like the Department of Labor (DoL) to revise the SOC through a formal administrative process. As part of this process, APCO submitted comments in November 2014 suggesting two changes: (1) Use the title, "Public Safety Telecommunicators" (instead of "dispatchers"), and (2) Classify them as a "protective" occupation, in the same category as police officers and firefighters (instead of in the administrative/clerical category). The next step will be a public notice published by the OMB that describes the changes under consideration. The public notice was originally scheduled for Spring 2015 but has been delayed. APCO has been in regular contact with the OMB and DoL staff who are working on the revision and stands ready to respond as soon as the process moves forward. Stay tuned for further updates on this important issue.
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Executive Council Communique
Chapter Executive Council Delegate Bill Agee shares the June 2016 edition of APCO International's Executive Council Communique. Please direct any questions to Bill Agee.
Previous Issues Visit Minutes & Executive Council Reports
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Visit Virginia Chapter of APCO via Social Media
The Virginia Chapter of APCO International (VA-APCO) has launched its social media campaign using tools such as Facebook and Twitter. The Chapter wants to use avenues to promote the message of 9-1-1 and aid in the recruitment of members to the Chapter to support its vision. We are excited to start using social media; this will be a great way to keep in touch with our members as well as citizens across the Commonwealth, stated Athena Plummer, VA-APCO president.

People can begin to follow VA-APCO on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/vaapco/
and also follow our Twitter Feed at https://twitter.com/VAAPCO
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