SEARCH Director Tapped for APCO Broadband Committee

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Doug Onhaizer
Mr. Doug Onhaizer, Director of SEARCH's Public Safety Programs, was recently selected to serve on the newly formed Broadband Committee of APCO, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials - International.

According to APCO, the committee's primary function will be to review public safety broadband applications in use today and make solid recommendations to meet the ever-changing need for mobile data and the future need for mission-critical voice capabilities. The committee will be comprised of a select group of 10 leading public- and private-sector experts from around the country. Mr. Bill Schrier, Chief Information Officer for the City of Seattle, Washington, will serve as Committee Chair.

"APCO is pleased to have established its Broadband Committee," said APCO President Bill Carrow. "We envision this committee being in the forefront of current and future issues on broadband use as it relates to public safety."

APCO International is the world's largest organization of public safety communications professionals. It serves the needs of public safety communications practitioners worldwide by providing complete expertise, professional development, technical assistance, advocacy, and outreach.

"We are very pleased by Doug's appointment to this key committee," noted SEARCH Deputy Executive Director Scott Came. "His knowledge and expertise in public safety technologies, particularly the emerging technological capabilities, opportunities, and challenges that broadband offers, will add value and perspective to the committee's work."

As SEARCH Public Safety Director, Mr. Onhaizer directs a team of public safety technology specialists to provide assistance to public safety agencies nationwide in automated systems development, strategic planning and integration of justice information systems, and communications interoperability. He has 25 years of experience in communications and information technology (IT) support and business management in both private and public safety, with expertise in interoperable communications, law enforcement and public safety applications, biometrics, and emergency communications (9-1-1 operations/management, computer telephony, computer-aided dispatch, GIS/mapping, and voice radio systems).

Mr. Onhaizer is an active member of APCO and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), among other national organizations. He also was an active participant in many local, regional, and national committees, including the SAFECOM Emergency Response Council, an advisory committee to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications.

Mr. Onhaizer holds a bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from Regent University and also studied Computer Science at Radford University. He is trained in National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) standards.