Deputy Chief Keith Kelley received the prestigious 2023 Leadership in Advocacy Award from the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), an international association with over 35,000 members representing 1,500 agencies. Kelley was awarded for his efforts to advance and modernize the nation’s public safety 911 infrastructure through his position as Vice Committee Chair with the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
As part of his IACP appointment, Kelley serves on the Public Safety Next Generation 911 Coalition, which is made up of stakeholders from various public safety membership organizations. The coalition has been working for years to advance legislation that enables a nationwide upgrade to the Next Generation 911 system (commonly referred to as NG911). NG911 is a digital, internet-based system that would replace the analog phone infrastructure that has been in place for decades.
“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to work with several public safety and government relations officials in the advancement of this legislation,” says Kelley. “I plan to continue to work with this team to advance this legislation and ultimately save lives.”