IACP Support for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

IACP Support for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

 

Submitted by: Communications and Technology Committee

CTC. .18.t16

Passed: November 2016

 

WHEREAS, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-96) was signed into law on February 22, 2012, and created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet); and

 

WHEREAS, the creation of this Act was strongly supported by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); and

 

WHEREAS, the law gives FirstNet the mission to ensure the building, deployment, operation, and maintenance of the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety; and

 

WHEREAS, the IACP has supported and participated in the operation of the FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) to ensure that the interests of IACP members and the law enforcement community are included in the development of the FirstNet Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN); and

 

WHEREAS, tremendous progress has been made by FirstNet towards implementing the NPSBN; and the implementation of the NPSBN will bring new communications capabilities to law enforcement and the public safety community including the capability for increased data interoperability among multiple agencies and public safety disciplines; and

 

WHEREAS, as FirstNet continues to move towards implementation of the NPSBN the IACP wishes to exhibit its continuing support for the FirstNet NPSBN; now therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police hereby demonstrates its strong continuing support for the FirstNet Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network and encourages all IACP members and the law enforcement community to participate in ongoing discussions relative to the implementation of the NPSBN and to strongly consider the benefits of becoming a user of the FirstNet NPSBN at the time it becomes implemented and available.