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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Feedback Requested from Attendees of the Spring Conference in Topeka

Visit Topeka has contracted with an independent market research firm, Young Strategies, Inc., to conduct visitor research regarding Topeka, KS as a travel destination for leisure, business, meetings and events.  If you attended a meeting or event in Topeka, KS in the past two years, we would appreciate your help by taking a few moments to respond to the Topeka, KS Visitor Survey.

Your answers will be helpful to Visit Topeka as we develop a new strategic plan and work to improve the visitor experience while in Topeka, KS.  Upon completion of the survey you will be eligible to register for a chance to win (1 of 2) $250 VISA gift cards.

This link is uniquely tied to the visitor survey and your meeting group; please do not forward.  Visit Topeka thanks you in advance for your time and valuable input.  

Kansas APCO : Visionary Leaders Wanted - Chapter Elections

Put your visionary skills to use the Kansas Chapter of APCO is looking for a few good women and men to join the cause, if you’re an advocate of providing professional networking, development, technical assistance, advocacy, and empowering your fellow Public Safety Telecommunicators then you should serve as a Kansas Chapter of APCO Board Member. The following positions are up for election during the Fall Chapter Conference in Wichita, KS Oct. 17 – 19th
            2nd Vice President
Service as a member of the Board is an honor that carries with it awesome responsibilities. Before a member commits to being a candidate, that responsibility must be clearly understood and appreciated, not only by candidate, but by his or her employer.
 A candidate's employer must have a keen awareness of the value of the Chapter's mission, the honor of APCO service, and the strong support the candidate must have to effectively serve as an APCO Officer.
This support is manifested in many ways which include, but are not limited to, the need for the employee to be able to be away from his/her employment for APCO Business Meetings. Attendance at the annual conference, Board of Officers Meetings, on-site reviews, and other functions is imperative.  Don’t let the requirements scare you or your employer because a majority of Chapter Business is conducted via conference call.
The duties and responsibilities of each position is detailed in the Chapter Bylaws (found on the Kansas APCO website) 
If you are interested in serving, download the Declaration of Candidacy (found on the Kansas APCO website) and submit it to the KSAPCO Board Past President Lance Royer.
                                               Lance Royer, Captain
                                               Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office
                                               320 S Kansas Ave Suite 200
                                               Topeka, KS 66603-3641
Joshua Michaelis
Rice County 9-1-1 Emergency Communications
Lyons, KS

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Kansas APCO Fall Conference Pre-Session Course

Building a Training Program
Monday, October 17th, 1pm-5pm
Holiday Inn East (I-35), Pecan Room

As we all know, training the right people for the job is critical, and providing the right training for those people is of utmost importance. It’s been proven that retention rates rise with improved and increased amounts of quality training, and “more training” is one of the most requested tools sought after by those in our industry. The new standards across the state will require a more comprehensive approach to preparing 911 call takers and dispatchers for the job they do. Agencies looking for some guidance in how to fulfill that new requirement will find this course helpful, as well as agencies that are looking to overhaul their current program to provide more in-depth and thorough training from start to finish.

This workshop will teach you about planning and scheduling your training, how to incorporate various training methods into your program which will appeal to each of the different learning styles, and how to reinforce the learning. We’ll discuss various exercises, such as lecture, proper review, using audio, hands-on practical exercises, and the use of outside speakers. You will learn how to properly build a quiz and/or a test to ensure the critical training material is covered and understood. You’ll learn about the importance of documentation throughout the classroom training phase. In addition, we’ll discuss the training taken beyond the classroom and into the OJT phase. You will learn how to build a strong CTO team, which will include the process for choosing CTOs, training them, and holding them accountable to ongoing standards. We’ll also discuss ways to further invest in your training team through additional learning opportunities to assist them not only with their training sessions, but also to prepare them for future leadership roles.

This class is FREE to paid conference registrants.  Seating for this class is limited and will fill up fast.  To register for this pre-session course you must first register for the conference and then email or call Kristin Gill with Sedgwick County Emergency Communications, or 316-660-4977.  You won’t want to miss this!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Kansas APCO : CALL TO ACTION-Reclassifying Public Safety Telecommunicators

CALL TO ACTION from APCO International & the Kansas Chapter
“Reclassifying Public Safety Telecommunicators as 'Protective' Occupations”
On July 22nd, 2016 the OMB (Office of Management and Budget) published a 2nd Federal Register Notice requesting comments on a review committee’s recommendation for a SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) revision.  Unfortunately, this Notice did not include APCO’s recommendations.  The committee also rejected a bipartisan letter from the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus Co-Chairs.  This decision was very disheartening to me. 

So today I participated in APCO’s webinar on reclassification.  APCO International is now calling for action from Public Safety Telecommunicators across the country.  As the Kansas Chapter President I’m also requesting both members and non-members to take action. 
You can help by going to APCO International has developed a standard unifying message to the OMB. 

Additional information on the Call to Action can be found at:
As new information and other grassroots information is made available I will distribute that information via PS Connect and other social media outlets. The pubic window for comments closes on September 20th, 2016.

It is time that Public Safety Telecommunications are recognized as a protective service occupation.

We are the First, First Responders

God Bless,

Joshua Michaelis, President

Kansas Chapter

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