Pre-Conference Courses

Get the most out of your APCO 2024 experience and sign-up for a pre-conference course, including in-depth, in-person training courses provided by the APCO Institute.

▼ Bullying and Negativity in the Communications Center | August 3, 2024

Dates: August 3, 2024 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Rosen Centre – Salon 10, 9840 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819-8111

This course examines how bullying occurs and how to combat the issue. The eight-hour course explores the nature of the problem, its impact on people and organizations, corrective actions that can be taken, and steps to foster and maintain civility in the communications center. This course aims to help students develop the skills needed to effectively practice civil behavior, as well as demonstrate different ways organizations can systematically combat bullying and cultivate civility in the workplace.

Cost: Non-member $280 | Member $230

▼ Cybersecurity Fundamentals for the ECC | August 3, 2024

Dates: August 3, 2023 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Rosen Centre – Salon 9, 9840 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819-8111

Cybersecurity has become an ever-increasing threat for public safety. Emergency communications centers (ECCs) are a valuable and vulnerable target for bad actors of all types. As a result of their high importance and visibility within the public safety ecosystem, ECCs have been battling cyberattacks for years. Public safety is at constant risk for many types of cyberattacks. Research indicates that the frequency and intensity of cyberattacks will continue to grow.

All ECC employees need to be educated on the types of cyberattacks and related activity that occur daily in the United States. This course provides a basic overview of the critical pieces of information that all ECC employees should know – from surfing the internet to being aware of key indicators in email for possible phishing attempts. This course also provides several resources for creating an Incident Response Plan and what to do if your ECC experiences a cyberattack.

This course is built on the experiences of public safety cybersecurity experts and ECC professionals. This course will provide ECC professionals with foundational knowledge of cyberattacks, including the anatomy of a cyberattack, signs of an ongoing cyberattack and mitigation techniques. This includes preparing for cyberattacks, response to those attacks and the type of data to protect for post-attack forensics.

Cost: Non-member $280 | Member $230