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The Texas Public Safety Conference is one of the largest gathering of public safety professionals and the premier event in the State of Texas.  We are excited to announce that the 2017 Conference will be held in Galveston on April 9-12, 2017 at the Galveston Island Convention Center.  The Call for Papers invites Texas APCO and NENA members, industry associates and partners, educators and public safety professionals to submit a paper to be considered for a session within our Professional Development Program.


The 2017 Session Tracks include the following:

  • Telecommunicator & Training
    • These sessions focus on subject that are relevant to frontline Telecommunicators including procedures related to answering 9-1-1 calls, dispatching responders in the field and physical/emotional health and wellness; as well as training new Telecommunicators and those who are seasoned in the industry.
  • Database, GIS & Technology
    • These sessions are dedicated to relevant and future-thinking topics related to Land Mobile Radio (LMR), operational impact of new technology in the communications center and how technology and information sharing is evolving as well as GIS, NG 9-1-1 and mapping.
  • Leadership, Management & Supervision
    • These sessions focus on developing leadership skills that every successful public safety professional needs to possess, both operationally and technically as well as enabling leaders to impact their employees and the agency by focusing on issues directly related to operating a communications and mentoring incoming and rising leaders.
  • Public Education
    • These sessions are devoted to those in the industry who’s primary role is educating the public about 9-1-1, text, video relay and communications with impaired callers.

Presenter Guidelines and Submission Requirements include:

  • Presenters are responsible for all travel costs as well as the cost of registration.
  • Each session is 50 minutes which include a Q&A session. Keep this in mind as you prepare your presentation. ALL sessions/submissions must be educational and not concentrate on seeing a product. Those submissions that are focused on a specific vendor and their products will not be forwarded to the sub-committee for evaluation/consideration for a session.
  • Upon acceptance presenters will be required to sign a Speaker Agreement form and Audio/Visual form.
  • Submissions must include contact information and brief biography of the speaker(s) in 50 words or less and written in third person. All co-presenters, if applicable, will need to be listed as well (limit of 4).
  • Provide two professional speaking references.
  • Title of presentation and the track to be submitted under.
  • Completion of lesson plan must be submitted as well for Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) continuing education credit submission. We will provide the lesson plan format to be used for TCOLE credit once the submission has been accepted.

All submissions must be submitted electronically via the online submission process.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, your proposal was not properly submitted or left incomplete.  If you have questions regarding whether the proposal was submitted and accepted you must contact the chair and/or co-chair before the deadline of January 13, 2017 5pm CST. Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by January 20, 2017 at 5pm CST.

Evaluation guidelines include a sub-committee reviewing each presentation for quality, timelines, relevance to track chosen by presenter, material focused on topic according to title of presentation as well as potential attendee interest in the presentation proposed.  Attendees should be able to gage the content of the session from the title and track chosen.


Important Dates:  

Submission Deadline: January 27, 2017 by 5pm CST.  (**DATE EXTENDED**)

Notifications of acceptance: February 3, 2017 by 5pm CST. (**DATE EXTENDED**)

 Contact information for Sessions/Presentations:

Click Here for Call for Papers Submission



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