FirstNet Makes Long-Term Commitment to The IACP Officer Safety and Wellness Initiative
Commitment Continues AT&T’s 12-Year History of Support for the IACP and Law Enforcement
FirstNet®, America’s public safety communications platform – built with AT&T* in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) – is making a commitment to support the health and wellness of law enforcement officers. While AT&T has collaborated with and supported the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for more than 12 years, this year, through FirstNet, we’re building on that alliance and support by teaming up with the IACP for the 2020 Officer Safety & Wellness Symposium in Miami, Feb. 27-29.
Officer safety and wellness goes beyond the typical aspects such as ballistic vests, body cameras, and weapons. Addressing and providing resources to officers across the country that focus on mental health, financial literacy, nutritional needs, sleep deprivation and injury reduction is a high priority for the IACP.
And, with FirstNet, officers have access to another layer of safety and wellness. The technology advancements made possible by FirstNet significantly improve officer communications and safety and increase their situational awareness. Ultimately this aids officers with reliable, modern communications tools needed to keep them safe and perform at their best.
“We want to do our part to help keep officers safe and well for years to come,” said Jason Porter, senior vice president, FirstNet Program at AT&T. “So, we’re getting squarely behind public safety and the importance of wellness for every officer and the communities they serve. Our nation’s first responders deserve solutions to this critical issue, so we are committing our support and resources to help.”
FirstNet is tapping into the vast knowledge and resources of the IACP and their understanding what safety and wellness represents from an officer’s perspective.
“Improving officer safety and wellness enhances the health and effectiveness of officers, as well as the safety of the communities they serve,” said Chief Steven R. Casstevens, president of the IACP. “We applaud FirstNet and AT&T for understanding that healthy police officers are important to us all and for their long-term commitment to this important endeavor.”
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