IACP Press Release - Police Chiefs Support Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act

JULY 21, 2010



Legislation would preserve ability to establish a
national, interoperable, broadband public safety network
Alexandria, VA --The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) today announced its strong support for the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act.  This legislation, to be introduced by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), would provide law enforcement and other public safety agencies with an additional 10 megahertz of spectrum that is necessary to support a national, interoperable, wireless broadband network that will help them fulfill their mission of protecting lives in communities throughout the United States.
“This legislation is absolutely essential to public safety,” stated Michael Carroll, IACP President and Chief of the West Goshen Township, PA, Police Department. “Without adequate spectrum, the ability of law enforcement agencies to communicate and share critical information with one another and other public safety agencies will be severely limited.  The IACP is extremely grateful to Senators Rockefeller, McCain and Lieberman for their leadership on this issue of vital importance to the public safety community.”
Today’s action follows steps taken earlier this spring by Representative Peter King (R-NY) and Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY) who introduced the Broadband for First Responders Act of 2010 (H.R. 5081), which will allocate D-Block spectrum to public safety for the development of a national, interoperable, public safety broadband network.  The IACP also strongly endorsed H.R. 5081
The IACP urges the House and Senate to act quickly on both of these critical public safety bills.  Law enforcement and public safety must have a minimum of 20 MHz of broadband spectrum to meet current and future needs and must have access to new technologies to perform increasingly complex duties.  These technologies must have adequate and dedicated spectrum that is managed and controlled by public safety to ensure that they will be more secure and reliable than commercial systems. The D-Block allocation is essential if we are to meet the critical needs of our nation’s law enforcement and public safety community.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives.  Founded in 1893, the IACP has more than 21,000 members in over 100 countries.
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