IACP Press Release - Police Chiefs Applaud Representatives King and Thompson For Introduction of Legislation Allocating D-Block Spectrum to Public Safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2011

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POLICE CHIEFS APPLAUD REPRESENTATIVES KING AND THOMPSON FOR INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION ALLOCATING D-BLOCK SPECTRUM TO PUBLIC SAFETY

Alexandria, VA --The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) applauds Representative Peter King (NY-3) and Representative Bennie Thompson (MS-2) for introducing the Broadband for First Responder’s Act of 2011 (H.R. 607), which will allocate D-Block spectrum to public safety for the development of a national interoperable public safety broadband network.

Mark Marshall, IACP President and Chief of the Smithfield, VA, Police Department said, “The IACP fully supports this legislation by Representatives King and Thompson. We urge other members of Congress to sign on as co-sponsors of the legislation and support our efforts to have the 700 MHz D-Block spectrum allocated to the nationwide Public Safety Broadband License.”

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 20,000 members in over 100 countries.

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