IACP Support for HERO Act

The Honorable Jane Harman United States House of Representatives 229 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representative Harman: On behalf of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), I am writing to express our support for the Homeland and Emergency Response Operations (H.E.R.O.) Act. As you know, the IACP is the world’s oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives with more than 18,000 members in 100 countries. As you are aware, law enforcement and other public safety organizations in the United States are in critical need of additional radio spectrum to safely perform their mission critical duties. In response to that need, in 1997 Congress directed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make 24 MHz of spectrum (currently used by television channels 63, 64, 68, 69) available for use by public safety. Unfortunately, the legislation was linked to the transition of television stations on those channels from analog to digital signals, and there is no specific deadline by which this spectrum will be available for public safety use. The public safety community, including the IACP, has repeatedly called on the FCC to assign this much-needed spectrum to public safety in order to achieve critical interoperability between agencies. For example, the agencies that responded to the terrorist attack on the Pentagon were unable to communicate with each other because they lacked the required spectrum for interoperable radio communications. Consequently, the IACP strongly supports the H.E.R.O. Act, which would require current television stations using those channels to vacate the spectrum for use by public safety no later than December 31, 2006. We appreciate the efforts of you and your colleagues in Congress who will be introducing this legislation that is so urgently needed by law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. Sincerely, William B. Berger President