Leadership & Governance
The Indiana FirstNet Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Program was formed within the Integrated Public Safety Commission (IPSC) and charged with the planning and coordination of activities for the Indiana portion of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). Indiana FirstNet is funded through the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).
Under the SLIGP grant, Indiana FirstNet is responsible for educating the State and its numerous and diverse stakeholders for the successful implementation of the NPSBN.
Under the federal legislation, each state is required to appoint a Single Point of Contact (SPOC) to lead all consultations and coordination between the state or territory and FirstNet. The State of Indiana placed the Indiana FirstNet program within the Integrated Public Safety Commission (IPSC), appointing 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, Executive Director of Indiana’s Integrated Public Safety Commission, 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 over 60,000 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
Among the responsibilities in the coming year, the Commission will be reviewing and providing feedback to the (draft proposed) Indiana State Plan, which will be provided by the selected vendor for the network.
The SIEC’s role in FirstNet is to serve as subject matter experts on the requirements of the Indiana public safety community to provide recommendations and guidance to the Commission.
The Executive Committee, also refered 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.