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Webinar Week: August 14 - 18, 2017

About Webinar Week

The International Public Safety Association believes in providing mission critical, educational and affordable training opportunities to the public safety community throughout the year. 

Join us by participating in our first Webinar Week this August 14-18, 2017. 

Each day, Monday - Friday, IPSA will host a Free Educational Webinar at 10am Arizona Time. 

We'll be using #WebinarWeek on Social Media.

Sessions, Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities Below!

Make sure to tell your colleagues and neighboring agencies about this on-line training opportunity we're offering!

Registration is Open

Register for any (or all) of our webinars. Share freely within your agency, city, in newsletters and social media. We want to train as many public safety officials as we can during webinar week.

Monday, August 14 @ 10am Arizona

Click Here to Register - Critical Incident/Active Shooter Awareness

Active shooter incidents in the workplace is a present day reality we all have to face. ASI's have occurred on military bases, police departments, shopping malls, airports and at many other soft targets. 

This webinar is specifically developed for potential victims of a workplace violence critical incident. The presentation will provide attendees - whether you're a first responder,  civilian employee or private sector professional - with an understanding of how their bodies and minds will respond during a critical incident and it will give them mental training tools to help them survive. The presentation is developed by law enforcement special operations personnel in conjunction with a psychologist specializing in combat awareness.

Videos of actual high stress incidents will be shown to illustrate how to use the tools to mentally and physically work through many situations. Ultimately this webinar's main goal is to teach people how to mentally prepare themselves for their natural stress response when faced with a life-endangering situation.

Instuctor's Biography

Lieutenant Brian Ruck has served with a major metropolitan police department in the National Capital Region (NCR) for eighteen years. This includes fourteen years of experience as a SWAT operator, firearms instructor, and tactics trainer. Lieutenant Ruck has been the lead trainer for the department’s active shooter programs since 2005 to include the nationally recognized Paramilitary Attack Counter Offensive Plan (PACOP) model. 

He was also responsible for coordinating joint police / fire Rescue Task Force (RTF) response training in 2015. He is currently assigned as the Police Liaison Commander to the county Department of Public Safety Communications center. In addition to his role as a police commander, Brian owns a public safety consulting company specializing in preparing civilians to survive critical incidents. The training focuses on the decision making process under stress and many of the physical, emotional, and psychological responses during a critical incident.

Tuesday, August 15 @ 10am Arizona

Click Here to Register - IPSA Webinar Week: Post Action Strategic Debriefing©

First responders witness tragedy every day. Even the best team leaders have moments of wondering if their team is really ready for the next critical incident. In the line of duty, whether it be public safety like law enforcement or emergency response, or an industry with potential for dangerous accidents like construction or oil and gas, there will be the inevitable critical incident on the job. These can result in physical injury or even fatality, but also in a more difficult to detect, and often long-lasting, other type of injury.

Post-Action Strategic Debriefing addresses a critical incident immediately after, using a process devised from several different proven techniques - the military's after-action review, critical incident stress debriefing and counseling & therapy intervention techniques. This process focuses on preventing trauma effects from the incident as well as creating positive momentum for the team to be stronger.

Combining basics from industry post-action techniques and therapy techniques, this course teaches the Post-Action Strategic Debriefing (PASD)© method for developing individual and team strength and resilience, leading to better action preparation; how to debrief following action; and then how to work toward healthy recovery and team cohesiveness. Attendees will receive a workbook for future PASD© sessions upon completion of the course.

Instructor's Biography

Ms. Morgan is the Director of Academy Hour, a provider of mental health and leadership training. She is pursuing a Doctorate of Education degree, has earned a Master's degree in Counseling and holds a Bachelor's of Science in Behavioral Sciences.

Ms. Morgan develops curricula and is a presenter of mental health training sessions for the International Public Safety Associationmand the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training in Oklahoma. She is a certified ASIST and QPR trainer of suicide intervention courses and is trained as an Oklahoma Supreme Court civil mediator.

Wednesday, August 16 @ 10am Arizona

Click Here to Register - IPSA Webinar Week: The Missing Link - The Critical Role of a 911 Dispatcher within a Hostage Negotiation

Just like other first responders, the dynamic roles of 911 telecommunications is evolving. Today’s call takers and dispatchers are being held to a higher standard. There is a community-wide expectation of advanced training among the 911 telecommunications profession. Whether it’s being fluent in multiple languages, being able to provide CPR over the phone, being able to assist during violent acts, or – as this webinar will highlight – being able to serve on a hostage negotiation team.

This course will identify roles within a Hostage Negotiation Team in which 911 dispatchers are demonstrating immense success. We will discuss how the everyday roles of a telecommunicator make for a seamless transition to crisis negotiation teams and provide a critical missing link. This course will include training points, risk assessments, and review the FBI Action Imperative.

All first responders must register for this webinar, whether you’re on SWAT, fire/rescue, EMS or – of course a 911 telecommunications professional because it’s critical to know every aspect of how the teams who serve during any event operate.

Instructor's Biography

Jessica Lynch is currently an Assistant Team Leader for the Hostage/Crisis Negotiation Unit and a Primary Negotiator (advanced certificate) for the Northeast Oregon Regional SWAT Team. She is employed with Baker County Consolidated Dispatch Center as a Tactical Dispatcher, Telecommunicator (advanced certificate), and Field Training Officer. Jessica serves on the Baker County 911 Training Board, Public Relations Committee, Quality Assurance Committee, President of the Baker County Law Enforcement Association and a member of the IPSA.

Thursday, August 17 @ 10am Arizona

Click Here to Register - IPSA Webinar Week: Drones/UAS and Public Safety

Policies and use cases for an Unmanned Aircraft System Program are constantly changing. It is very challenging for agencies to keep up with this emerging technology. This webinar will provide insights as to what is required to implement a new UAS Program. 

The instructor will discuss and cover the most recent changes regarding FAA Rules and Regulations. Attendees will learn about specific public safety use cases of UAS. Additionally, an overview of what is happening nationally in the area of public safety and opportunities how you can be more involved as an individual, an organization and/or both will be shared. 

Whether you agency has a UAS Program, is considering it or you're just looking to increase your knowledge, you should sign up for this webinar. 

Instructor's Biography

Charles L. Werner (Charlottesville Fire Chief Ret.- Emeritus)- Charles Werner is presently serving as the acting Deputy State Coordinator and Senior Advisor with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. He presently advises on Rail Responder Apps, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, FirstNet, NG911, Situational Awareness, GIS and interoperability. Chief Werner serves on the CSX Rail Respond Steering Committee and the Association of American Railroads Public Safety Rail Advisory Committee. 

Charles served 42 years in the fire service, retiring as Charlottesville's fire chief in 2015. Chief Werner has over 100 nationally published articles. He also serves on the Board of the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS, the International Association of Fire Chiefs Technology Council, Advisory Council of the National Information Sharing Consortium and the Virginia Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee. 

Chief Werner is also the lead organizer and interim chair for the National Council on Public Safety UAS and is a certified Part 107 Remote Pilot with the Albemarle County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team. Charles also serves on the NPSTC UAS Working Group and the Metro Washington COG UAS Working Group. 

Friday, August 18 @ 10am Arizona

Click Here to Register - IPSA Webinar Week: Cybersecurity, Information Privacy and Public Safety: Much More Than a Technology Challenge

Imagine if your agency’s CAD was hacked and unusable for hours or days. How would your agency function? What if your entire communications network went down? What would you do if your agency was a victim of ransomware?

Why should public safety officials care about cybersecurity? Isn’t it something for IT to figure out? The answer is no. Cybersecurity and cyber threats impact all first responders and it’s important to understand the basics of cybersecurity and the impacts of cyber threats so you can effectively respond and eventually recover.

This webinar will focus on public safety cybersecurity and information protection from a strategic and management perspective rather than strictly a technology perspective.

This webinar will focus on four key areas:

1. The cybersecurity threat to public safety is real and growing

2. The scope of your cybersecurity approach should cover a broad set of public safety technologies including 911, CAD/RMS, radio and broadband communications, public safety data networks, devices like smartphones and public safety information such as personal/victim data (fire and police), public safety personnel data, and evidence

3. Reducing cybersecurity risk requires a comprehensive approach spearheaded by agency leadership vs. delegating all responsibility to IT personnel

4. Effective agency governance, planning, policies and training is critical

Instructor’s Biography

Shawn Ward, has over 20 years of experience leading the integration of technology into public safety and mission operations by tackling the policy, leadership and governance challenges. Mr. Ward started his career as a police officer and detective at the Akron, Ohio Police Department. He spent several years at Booz Allen Hamilton, leading large programs focused on emergency communications, cybersecurity, and tactical operations for local and federal agencies. Mr. Ward served as the Director of Security for Strayer University. At Strayer University, Mr. Ward led enterprise-wide security, safety, and emergency management efforts across 100 campuses, headquarters, and back-up facilities. At Lafayette Group, he has trained hundreds of state and local agencies on technology implementation through effective planning and leadership. He has conducted training across the country on topics ranging from public safety broadband communications to cybersecurity. He is currently leading a project team for the Department of Homeland Security to improve cybersecurity governance and training across federal executive branch agencies. 

 Mr. Ward is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).

Sponsorship Opportunities 

Become a sponsor of IPSA's Webinar Week! It's a great way to support our efforts in providing free and necessary training to the public safety community. We are accepting Sponsors now through July 31. 

Platinum: $2,500 

  • Logo on Webinar Week Webpage
  • Logo and Recognition During Each Webinar throughout the Week
  • Announcement in IPSA Newsletter
  • Announcement on IPSA Social Media Channels
  • Complete Registration List for All 5 Webinars

Gold: $2,000

  • Logo on Webinar Week Webpage
  • Logo and Recognition During Each Webinar throughout the Week
  • Announcement in IPSA Newsletter
  • Announcement on IPSA Social Media Channels
  • Complete Registration List for 4 Webinars (your choice)

Silver: $1,500

  • Logo on Webinar Week Webpage
  • Logo and Recognition During Each Webinar throughout the Week
  • Announcement in IPSA Newsletter
  • Announcement on IPSA Social Media Channels
  • Complete Registration List for 3 Webinars (your choice)
  • Logo on Webinar Week Webpage
  • Logo and Recognition During Each Webinar throughout the Week
  • Announcement in IPSA Newsletter
  • Announcement on IPSA Social Media Channels
  • Complete Registration List for 3 Webinars (your choice)

Bronze: $1,000

  • Logo on Webinar Week Webpage
  • Logo and Recognition During Each Webinar throughout the Week
  • Announcement in IPSA Newsletter
  • Announcement on IPSA Social Media Channels
  • Complete Registration List for 2 Webinars (your choice)


  1. When will registration open? Sometime in April. Check back soon!
  2. Will the webinars be recorded for later viewing? Yes, IPSA will record the webinars and share them on this webpage for free viewing through August 31. Then they will be archived in our On-Demand System for rental. 
  3. Will Certificates of Attendance be available? Yes, you must be registered and attend to receive a Certificate.
  4. Do I have to be an IPSA Member to register for Webinar Week? No, but we hope you decide to join. It's your dues and the support of our sponsors that allows us to provide this type of service to public safety. 
  5. How do I become a Webinar Week Sponsor? Contact us at and we will connect with you to discuss the different opportunities. 

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