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The Texas Public Safety Conference is one of the largest gatherings of public safety professionals and the premier event in the state of Texas.  We are excited to announce that the 2019 Conference will be held in Galveston on March 31st – April 3rd, 2019 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 2019 Session Tracks include the following:

  • Telecommunicator, Training, & Public Education
    • Telecommunicator and Training sessions will focus on subjects 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.
    • Public Education sessions will be focus to those in the industry whose primary role is educating the public about     9-1-1, text, video relay, and communications with impaired callers.
  • Database, GIS, Radio, & Technology
    • These sessions are dedicated to relevant and future-thinking topics related to Land Mobile Radio (LMR), the operational impact of new technology in the communications center, how technology and information sharing is evolving, and GIS, NG 9-1-1 and mapping.
  • Leadership, Management, Operations, & 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 center and mentoring incoming and rising leaders.

Presenter Guidelines and Submission Requirements:

  • Presenters are responsible for all travel costs as well as the cost of registration.
  • Each session can be 50 minutes or more, which includes a Q&A session. Keep this in mind as you prepare your presentation. ALL sessions/submissions must be educational and not concentrate on selling 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. Presenters must be able to be in the session room 10 min before the start of the session and have submitted their session power point by the required deadline to ensure the full use of the session timeline. Failure to follow this requirement can and may lead to a delay of your session start time that will not be extended past the scheduled time.
  • Upon acceptance, presenters will be required to sign a Speaker Agreement form and Audio/Visual form.
  • Industry Partners (IP) that submit a session paper and either do not have a booth and/or sponsorship for the conference will not be considered for the final session schedule. *please contact the conference chair/co-chair for more information regarding this.
  • Submissions must include contact information and a brief biography of the speaker(s) in 50 words or less and written in the 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.
  • Provide a digital copy of the presentation to be used in the educational session no later than March 1st.
  • All submission after the deadlines listed will not be considered for selection for this year’s conference.

Call for papers is now closed

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 Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 at 5pm CST. Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by Friday, September 28th, 2018 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 gauge the content of the session from the title and track chosen.

Current Session Schedule:

Date/Day Start End Event
March 31- Sunday 7:30 AM 4:30 PM Pre-Conference Course- Cybersecurity Awareness
7:30 AM 4:30 PM Pre-Conference Course- TX TERT Basic
7:30 AM 4:30 PM Pre-Conference Course- Create A ‘Magnetic Culture” in Your Agency
12:00 PM 5:00 PM Registration Open
1:00 PM 4:00 PM International Border Meeting
1:30 PM 4:30 PM ENP Study Group
5:00 PM 5:45 PM First Timer Attendees’ Social (ticket required)
6:00 PM 7:30 PM Welcome Reception (ticket required)
April 1- Monday 7:00 AM 5:00 PM Registration Open
7:00 AM 8:30 AM Breakfast (ticket required)
8:30 AM 10:00 AM Opening Session
9:00 AM 3:00 PM Mobile Blood Drive
10:00 AM 1:00 PM Industry Partner Hall  *GRAND OPENING*
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Lunch (ticket required)
1:00 PM 1:50 PM Listening Skills- Hearing and Perceiving Beyond the Spoken Word
1:00 PM 1:50 PM Who Should You Really Be Afraid Of (NOT TCOLE!)
1:00 PM 1:50 PM Creating a “World Class” PSAP
1:00 PM 1:50 PM Preparing your PSAP for Severe Weather
1:00 PM 1:50 PM Coming Your Way Soon, Wireless Dispatchable Location and New Classes of Service
1:00 PM 1:50 PM The Technical Methods of Data Development for NG9-1-1 and Experienced Approach
1:00 PM 1:50 PM IP Sponsor Session
1:00 PM 4:00 PM PSAP Tours
2:00 PM 2:50 PM Listening Skills- Hearing and Perceiving Beyond the Spoken Word *continued
2:00 PM 2:50 PM Who Should You Really Be Afraid Of (NOT TCOLE!) *continued
2:00 PM 2:50 PM Outrageous Productivity: Time Management in World of Distractions
2:00 PM 2:50 PM Unified Communications for the PSAP
2:00 PM 2:50 PM Improved Wireless 9-1-1 Caller Location Accuracy
2:00 PM 2:50 PM PTSD, Who Me? Yes! You!
2:00 PM 2:50 PM Child Callers and the Impact a Teleocmmunicator Makes on a Child
2:50 PM 3:00 PM Afternoon Snack Break
3:00 PM 3:50 PM The Impact of NG9-1-1 and FirstNet on PSAP Operations
3:00 PM 3:50 PM A Daughter’s Cry Goes Unanswered
3:00 PM 3:50 PM Outrageous Productivity: Time Management in World of Distractions *continued
3:00 PM 3:50 PM Incorporating Video into 911: How, Why & When
3:00 PM 3:50 PM Workforce Optimization: What Every PSAP Leader Needs to Know
3:00 PM 3:50 PM Wireless Accuracy
3:00 PM 3:50 PM IP Sponsor Session
3:00 PM 4:00 PM IP Partner Meeting
4:00 PM 5:00 PM Texas NENA Business Meeting
6:00 PM 10:00 PM IP Partner Networking Event (ticket required) – Buck Shot Saloon
April 2- Tuesday 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Registration Open
8:00 AM 9:00 AM Breakfast (ticket required)
8:30 AM 9:20 AM Crisis Negotiation Techniques for Telecommunicators
8:30 AM 9:20 AM Positive Interaction with Difficult People
8:30 AM 9:20 AM *Executive Power Track* Texas NG9-1-1: An Update from Around the State
8:30 AM 9:20 AM Within the Trenches Presents: Imagine Listening & Open Mic
8:30 AM 9:20 AM Ensuring GIS Meets the Needs of Telecommunicators
8:30 AM 9:20 AM Federal Railroad Administration Emergency Notification System
8:30 AM 9:20 AM IP Sponsor Session
9:30 AM 11:00 AM POWER HOUR IP Hall Time (Invitation Only)
9:30 AM 10:20 AM Crisis Negotiation Techniques for Telecommunicators *continued
9:30 AM 10:20 AM Positive Interaction with Difficult People *continued
9:30 AM 10:20 AM Remarkable Communicator
9:30 AM 10:20 AM Within the Trenches Presents: Imagine Listening & Open Mic *continued
9:30 AM 10:20 AM Statewide Geographic Datasets
9:30 AM 10:20 AM Site Structure Address Points Requirements and Considerations
9:30 AM 10:20 AM How Your PSAP can communicate with smartphones & loT devices
10:20 AM 10:30 AM Coffee Break
10:30 AM 11:20 AM Crisis Negotiation Techniques for Telecommunicators *continued
10:30 AM 11:20 AM Officer Down- Midlothian 2006
10:30 AM 11:20 AM Remarkable Communicator *continued
10:30 AM 11:20 AM *Executive Power Track* An Update an DHS Efforts to Improve Emergency Communications
10:30 AM 11:20 AM GIS Data Sharing & Collaboration
10:30 AM 11:20 AM PSAP Management Success
10:30 AM 11:20 AM Moving GIS to NG9-1-1 Readiness: Case Studies and Examples
11:15 AM 11:45 AM IP Prize Drawings
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Lunch On Your Own
1:05 PM 1:55 PM Crisis Negotiation Techniques for Telecommunicators *continued
1:05 PM 1:55 PM Defusing Comm Center Conflict: Strategies for Effective Communication
1:05 PM 1:55 PM Remarkable Communicator *continued
1:05 PM 1:55 PM Hope in the Midst of Chaos
1:05 PM 1:55 PM Meet the Public Educators of Texas (PETs) Workshop
1:05 PM 1:55 PM Regional Collaboration & Strategic Planning for Mobile Data Solutions
1:05 PM 1:55 PM IP Sponsor Session
1:00 PM 4:00 PM PSAP Tours
2:05 PM 2:55 PM Crisis Negotiation Techniques for Telecommunicators *continued
2:05 PM 2:55 PM Defusing Comm Center Conflict: Strategies for Effective Communication *continued
2:05 PM 2:55 PM Remarkable Communicator *continued
2:05 PM 2:55 PM Hope in the Midst of Chaos *continued
2:05 PM 2:55 PM Meet the Public Educators of Texas (PETs) Workshop *continued
2:05 PM 2:55 PM *Executive Power Track* What You Should Know About Investing Public Funds
2:05 PM 2:55 PM Testifying: What Every Dispatcher Should Know
2:55 PM 3:05 PM Afternoon Snack Break
3:05 PM 3:55 PM Crisis Negotiation Techniques for Telecommunicators *continued
3:05 PM 3:55 PM Defusing Comm Center Conflict: Strategies for Effective Communication *continued
3:05 PM 3:55 PM Training Millennials in the PSAP
3:05 PM 3:55 PM Public Safety Data Integration: Moving Beyond 512 Characters of Legacy Data
3:05 PM 3:55 PM *Executive Power Track*  The Broadband Revolution in Public Safety
3:05 PM 3:55 PM Real Time Text: You Need To Know
3:05 PM 3:55 PM Testifying What Every Dispatcher Should Know *continued
4:00 PM 5:00 PM Texas APCO Business Meeting
7:00 PM 11:00 PM Tuesday Night Event (ticket required) – Luau!
April 3- Wednesday 8:00 AM 8:50 AM Know Your People and What Makes Them Who They Are
8:00 AM 8:50 AM Meet The Trainers of Texas (TNT) Workshop
8:00 AM 8:50 AM Lost Time is Never Found Again
8:00 AM 8:50 AM Protecting Your Public Safety IP-based Network from Cyber Attack and other IT Disruptions
8:00 AM 8:50 AM Quality Assurance- What’s Your End Goal?
8:00 AM 8:50 AM Moving NG911 Forward (Part 1)
8:00 AM 8:50 AM NFPA Standards- ISO- and the Comm Center
8:50 AM 9:00 AM Coffee Break
9:00 AM 9:50 AM Stumbling Up The Leadership Ladder
9:00 AM 9:50 AM Meet The Trainers of Texas (TNT) Workshop *continued
9:00 AM 9:50 AM Lost Time is Never Found Again *continued
9:00 AM 9:50 AM Telecommunicators Role in Public Education
9:00 AM 9:50 AM Why Aren’t They Learning!? Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Target Teaching Goals
9:00 AM 9:50 AM Moving NG911 Forward (Part 2)
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Texas NENA Past Presidents Alumni Meeting
10:00 AM 11:30 AM Registration Open
10:00 AM 10:50 AM
10:00 AM 10:50 AM
10:00 AM 10:50 AM
10:00 AM 10:50 AM
10:00 AM 10:50 AM
10:00 AM 10:50 AM
11:30 AM 2:00 PM Awards Luncheon  (ticket required)