FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 22, 2010
Police Chiefs Call for Passage of First Responders Protection Act
Lieberman/McCain legislation would provide the spectrum and funding needed to build and maintain a nationwide, interoperable, public safety broadband network
Alexandria, VA: The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) today called on the U.S. Senate to quickly approve the “First Responders Protection Act.” The legislation, introduced by Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ), would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allocate the D-Block to public safety and also authorizes funding to build and maintain a nationwide, interoperable, public safety broadband network.
The Lieberman/McCain legislation serves as a companion to legislation introduced earlier this year by Representative Peter King (R-NY) and Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY). That legislation, the “Broadband for First Responders Act of 2010” (H.R. 5081), would allocate D-Block spectrum to public safety for the development of a national, interoperable, public safety broadband network. The IACP also strongly supports H.R. 5081.
“The IACP is profoundly grateful for the efforts of Senator Lieberman and Senator McCain on behalf of the public safety community,” stated IACP President Michael Carroll, Chief of the West Goshen Township Pennsylvania Police Department. “Throughout this difficult process Senator Lieberman and Senator McCain have worked tirelessly to ensure that law enforcement agencies, as well as other public safety agencies, have the spectrum and resources they need to fulfill their mission of protecting the public.”
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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