Leadership & Governance
The Integrated Public Safety Commission (IPSC) has been charged with planning and coordinating Indiana FirstNet activities. Indiana FirstNet is funded through the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).
Under the federal legislation, each state was required to appoint a Single Point of Contact (SPOC) to lead all consultation and coordination with FirstNet. IPSC the the designated coordinating agency, with the IPSC Executive Director as the state’s SPOC. More details of the governance structure along with the current leadership is provided below.
Dave W. Vice: Executive Director, Integrated Public Safety Commission
In February 2013, then Governor Mike Pence designated the Integrated Public Safety Commission as the agency to interact and communicate with FirstNet. As part of that same action, David W. Vice, IPSC Executive Director, was appointed as the FirstNet Single Point of Contact or (SPOC).
IPSC manages Indiana’s SAFE-T 800 MHz Project 25 radio system which has more than 74,000 public safety users. The agency, under Mr. Vice’s leadership is also responsible for the implementation and management of the state’s Computer Aided Dispatch/Record Management System (CAD/RMS) used by many public safety agencies across the State.
The Commission was created to promote “the efficient use of public safety agency resources through improved coordination and cooperation in order to enhance the safety of Indiana residents.” IC 5-26-2-1
The Commission reviewed and provided feedback to the Indiana State Plan and advised the opt-in/opt-out decision.
The SIEC’s role in FirstNet is to serve as subject matter experts on requirements of the Indiana public safety community and to provide recommendations and guidance to the Commission.
The Executive Committee, also referred to as Co-Chairs & Key Players, is the working group charged with overseeing the FirstNet initiative in Indiana. Their role is to provide program management guidance and support to the SIEC for the national public safety broadband program, as well as make recommendations to the SIEC on broadband needs of the State of Indiana.