Associate Magazine - FBINAA - Q4 - 2022

the same day that Fischer made this announcement. Continued from "Public Safety & 5G – What You Need to Know, on page 13

Continued from "The FBI Academy’s 50th Anniversary", on page 11

the efforts of all law enforcement agencies with the support and understanding of the American people.” Director Hoover’s and Senator Hruska’s words are no less true of the FBI Academy today as it was in 1972. About the Author: John F. Fox, Jr., has been with the FBI since 1999 and was named FBI Historian in 2003. He was awarded a PhD in modern American history from the University of New Hampshire in 2001 and an MA in political science from Boston College in 1993. His articles have appeared in a number of journals, the FBI’s website, and other venues. He has contributed chapters to several books and co-wrote The FBI: A Centennial History. Fox has been involved in several cooperative museum proj ects, including the temporary exhibit on the FBI and the media that was on display at the Newseum from June 2008 until June 2016 and the various iterations of the FBI Tour/Experience. He has appeared in many documentaries in the US and Europe, ap pearing on BBC-4, C-Span, CBS Sunday News, CNN, Netflix and Turner Classic Movies, among others.

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T-Mobile is the first and only wireless provider to add data pri ority in collaboration with the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which oversees the WPS system. T-Mobile has been working closely with CISA to streamline the enrollment process for all first responder agency customers. As a result, data priority will now be automatic for mobile devices already enrolled in WPS and there is no fee or requirement for additional registration to obtain data priority. For agencies that have data-only devices, such as tablets, T-Mobile has begun enrolling those lines in WPS to ensure data priority will be available if it’s needed. While at the conference, Fischer did a short video interview during which he emphasized the importance of data prioritization for public safety. “When there’s a major incident, often towers or parts of other networks are down,” he said. “The ability to prioritize data for the first responder means they get the available bandwidth that’s out there and they can operate effectively when it counts the most.” T-Mobile Vice President Dave Bezzant was also at the FBINAA Conference. He has been a key part of the collaborative effort with DHS/CISA and has strongly supported providing WPS enrollment assistance to first responders. Bezzant did a short video interview during which he stressed the importance of prioritizing data for public safety. “Tablets, mobile device terminals, whatever form of data that first responders want to use throughout the United States, will have priority data and it does not de-prioritize on the back end. That’s especially important because it works on 5G,” he said. Bezzant also provided some insight on T-Mobile Connecting Heroes and the reasoning behind the program’s 10-year com mitment to provide free, subsidized, and low-cost smartphone connectivity and technology assistance to state and local first responder agencies. “We did research and we looked at where government institutions needed assistance,” he said. “Far too many times, we saw that there were first respond ers who did not have the proper equipment or the proper gear to be able to do their job. We want to make sure that every first responder does not have to compromise on budget and has access to the tools that they need to keep America safe.” Forward-thinking public safety leaders across the country are recognizing that empowering front-line personnel with mobile de vices provides increased operational efficiency, improved safety, and more effective community engagement. The sheer utility of a smartphone is a game changer for first responders and the return on investment is quickly realized, especially when agencies are part of the Connecting Heroes program. You can learn more about how public safety agencies are improving operational effectiveness and the T-Mobile Connect ing Heroes program designed just for first responders by visiting About the Author: Dale Stockton is a 32-year veteran of law enforcement and has frequently assisted both agencies and vendors in effectively leveraging technology for public safety. Capable device required for 5G; coverage not available in some areas and may be impacted by emergencies; check your response area. Some uses may require certain plan or feature; see WPS eligibility must be confirmed by USDHS. Functionality for WPS users (including priority access, preemption, and data priority) may not be available while roaming. Completion of calls not guaranteed. Connecting Heroes available to qualifying agencies’ first responder lines; eligibility verified.


We must never forget the leaders who came before us and made this great association what it is today. As stewards of the membership, it’s our duty to recognize these leaders and our history and build on their successes to make this association stronger for future NA grads. When you hear of a member’s passing in your Chapter, please consider honoring the member with a FBINAA grave marker. The grave marker will serve as a permanent tribute to having served their family, community, and the law enforcement profession.

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