The scope of the Public Safety Communications Working Group encompasses public policy issues related to the role of public safety communications in homeland security and natural disasters.
The Public Safety Communications Working Group will provide TIA members with the opportunity to participate in efforts to educate and inform members of Congress and key policymakers on matters relating to the role of public safety communications in homeland security. The Working Group will also serve as an industry resource to the Department of Homeland Security and other relevant organizations.
The mission of the Public Safety Communications Working Group is to work with Congress, the Administration and other federal agencies. The mission includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Become a trusted adviser to the government on issues relating to the importance of wireless communications for first responders and other public safety officials.
- Provide information and advice relating to the issue of communications interoperability and integration and how it can be achieved for public safety.
- Provide information on standards for digital wireless communications products and systems.
- Where appropriate, support government initiatives, such as the SAFECOM Program in the Department of Homeland Security.
- Advocate appropriate efficiency incentives and targeted federal funding for public safety communications.