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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

2016 Fall APCO Conference - The Gold Standard

Sedgwick County Emergency Communications is honored to host the Kansas APCO Fall Conference, celebrating those that represent the thin gold line throughout the state of Kansas. The conference, held October 17th through October 19th, will be full of opportunities to celebrate your excellence will learning more about your chosen profession and networking with other gold liners. The conference is being held at the newly renovated Holiday Inn located at 549 S. Rock Rd. in Wichita. Please join us!

Registration is now open and we are accepting calls for presentations.  Head over to to register and submit your presentation for approval!  

We can't wait to see you in October!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Free Kansas VINE Training for New Statewide Implementation

Kansas VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), an automated victim notification 
service, is currently being implemented across Kansas. Kansas VINE is provided through a 
collaborative effort between Appriss, Inc., the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL), the Office 
of the Attorney General, and the Kansas Sheriffs’ Association (KSA).

Kansas VINE is a free and anonymous telephone and online service that provides victims of 

crime and concerned citizens the ability to search for custody status information on an 
incarcerated offender in a county jail. Kansas VINE also provides the ability to register for 
notifications on a change in custody status for an incarcerated offender.

This training is designed to promote awareness and increase usage of Kansas' VINE among 
law enforcement, jail staff, victim advocates, community members, etc.

Victims have a right to know.

Tuesday, August 2
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Kansas City Kansas Community College
Thomas R. Burke Technical Ed. Center
6565 State Ave
Kansas City, KS 66102

Training in Allied Health Multi-Purpose Rm #2901

Thursday, August 4
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pittsburg State University  
McPherson Hall 
1702 S. Homer Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Located directly behind the football stadium
Wednesday, August 3
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Law Enforcement Center
Topeka Police Department/
Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office
320 S. Kansas Ave
Topeka, KS 66603
Training held in Classroom A

Friday, August 5
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sedgwick County Extension
Education Center
7001 West 21st North
Wichita, KS 67205
Corner of 21st and Ridge Road

Monday, February 22, 2016

Preview of Class Topics for 2016 Kansas APCO Spring Conference - Don't Miss Out!

Monday, April 11:

TERT—all day--JL Ellis

911 Coordinating Council Meetings:
·         08:30-09:45-Subcommittee meetings:
o   Technical, Operations, GIS, Administration, Training
·         10:00-noon—911 Coordinating Council Meeting
·         15:00-17:00—NG911 Update and Q&A-Users’ Group

16:30-17:00—Former ASTRA Users’ Group meeting

Tuesday morning, April 12:

·         General session on Active Shooter and an overview of the FBI Terrorism Task Force-Topeka Police Department Officer Doug Ping
·         General session on Ethics—Dennis Butler, Ottawa Police Chief
·         General session on Media Relations—Dennis Butler, Ottawa Police Chief

Wednesday morning, April 13:

·         General session on Teambuilding: Norby Rudel, Internal Performance International
·         General session on Legislative Updates and KCJIS: Ed Klumpp on legislative updates and Gordon Lansford on KCJIS

Tuesday and Wednesday Breakout Classes

·         NG911 Website and Portal for Administrators-- Michele Abbott-Director, Administrative Services/E911 Director, Hutchinson Police Department
·         GROW—recognizing opportunities to grow in your life and balancing home and work life-- Lt. Kristin Gill-Sedgwick CO Emergency Communications and Management
·         Transitioning from Peer to Supervisor—Lt. Kristin Gill-Sedgwick CO Emergency Communications and Management
·         NLETS-KBI
·         Safety and Communication-Chad Omitt, National Weather Service
·         ICS 100, ICS 200, and ICS 802 ESF2—SNSO Cpl. Errin Mahan and a team from Shawnee County Emergency Management
·         NCIC Violent Person File--KHP
·         Supervision and employee performance reviews-Norby Rudel
·         PS Connect—Bill Duggan-Director, Lyon County Emergency Communications Center
·         Leadership—Bill Duggan- Director, Lyon County Emergency Communications Center
·         Nationwide Public Broadband Network/FirstNet-Craig Divoll-Kansas Office of Emergency Communications
·         Kansas Statewide Interoperable Communication System and Motobridge—Michaela Isch-Kansas Office of Emergency Communications
·         TIM-Traffic Incident Management—Kansas Department of Transportation

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Communications Training Officer Course

On March 30 thru April 01, Lyon County Emergency Communications Center will be co-hosting the APCO Institute course, Communications Training Officer class. If you have any CTOs that need to be trained, or if you are interesting in starting a CTO program in your agency, this is an excellent training to attend!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

KS TERT Basic Awareness Training

The Kansas Chapter of APCO is pleased to be partnering with the Kansas Office of Emergency Communications to offer KS-TERT Basic Awareness Training in conjunction with the Spring APCO Conference in Topeka! Check out the conference page on for more information. Don't wait, space is limited!

Proposed Amendments to Kansas APCO Bylaws

Greetings KS APCO Members 

Official Constitution & Bylaw Amendment Notice 

During the 2016 Spring Conference general business meeting the attached proposed constitution & bylaw amendments will be voted on in accordance within the existing C & B Section 4.2. 

The Chapter Executive Board’s intent is that the Chapter Constitution & Bylaws should mirror APCO International bylaws when and where applicable.  Our current bylaws are antiquated, lacking current practices and procedures.  The last time Chapter bylaws were revised was in October of 1998. 

The proposed amendments will be posted on the Chapter web site as well.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Recognize a Hero!

Do you have a hero in your midst? Here is a great opportunity to recognize them and show them how much you appreciate their dedication! Nominations for Telecommunicator of the Year, Line Supervisor of the Year, Director of the Year, and Team of the Year are being accepted now through March 11th for recognition at the Spring APCO conference on April 11th. You do not have to be an APCO member or even a dispatcher to submit a nomination (hint, hint to the agencies we dispatch for). Nominations will be forwarded to a neighboring state's APCO chapter for final determination of winners.
Visit APCO's website for nomination forms.