We launch the BAPCO Awards with 12 categories, each reflecting the broad range of expertise within our profession and each providing an opportunity to showcase some of the best practice that is influencing the development of public safety communications and technology. The Awards are therefore open to all persons involved in public safety wherever they work, whatever their role, paid or volunteer, anywhere in the world. By focussing on these specific categories for awards with our sponsors and supporters, we want to recognise and thank all those who do their very best to keep us safe.

1. Use of Technology to Support public safety (Team or Organisation)
Today’s world and particularly that of the public safety sector, is dominated by new technology. This Award does not necessarily recognise the latest, best or newest technology but the best use of technology to support public safety. This could range from a one-off event or a long-term programme of continual improvement. The judges will be looking for evidence of the type of technology used, organisations involved and how it made a difference to public safety. Credit will be given for testimonial evidence from external parties.
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2. Inspirational Leader (Individual)
This Award is aimed at leaders at every level and in all organisations, regardless of age or experience. The judges will be looking for evidence that demonstrates this person’s ability to inspire others and to lead regardless of their role, title or organisation.
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3. Best Use of Technology in a Disaster (Team or Organisation)
This Award is focussed on one large scale incident that affected public safety, anywhere in the world. The term ‘disaster’ is deliberately used. It may be something immediate or that developed over time and is longer lasting. The judges will be looking for examples of the innovative use of information technology in managing people, resources and/or data in disaster response, recovery and/or preparedness.
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4. Implementation of a New Solution (Individual, Team or Organisation)
We often hear about “new solutions” in the world of public safety technology. Much is said about what the technology can do and what a difference it will make. This Award recognises the people, teams and/or organisations and the hard work involved in the implementation of these solutions, as well as the gains achieved by successful implementation. Judges will be looking for evidence of the impact and any difficulties overcome during the process.
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5. Public Engagement (Individual, Team or Organisation)
One of the biggest challenges for our public safety community is engaging effectively with the public, whether in assessing needs, gathering opinions, explaining options or justifying actions. This Award is for those who have recognised and overcome difficulties to make a positive difference to a community in terms of public safety. The judges will be looking for evidence from both those involved and those affected by the engagement.
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6. Communications Professional of the Year (Individual)
The judges are looking for somebody who works on the front line of public safety communications in the myriad of roles known variously but not exclusively as call taker, dispatcher, communications officer, radio operator, etc. This Award is not just for the Blue Light services but to anyone who operates equipment to dispatch, monitor and communicate with category 1 or 2 responders. The judges will consider the nominee’s role, their recognised skills both formal and informal and how they interact with those people they work with via various communications methods, to enhance public safety.
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7. Working Together (Team or Organisation)
Teams and team working are one of the biggest strengths in public safety, whether on the commercial or the user side. This Award celebrates those teams who have not just worked as one to deliver benefit but recognises those teams who have successfully and continuously worked with others to make a difference. The judges will be looking for evidence of successful working collaborations across sectors and professions on a consistent basis.
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8. New Talent (Individual)
It is easy to recognise those who succeed by virtue of experience, lessons learned or time spent in the sector or a specific profession. This Award will recognise those at the start of a career working to use, develop or deliver public safety technology. Entries are restricted to those under the age of 30 or with less than five years’ experience in the sector. The judges will be looking for nominees who are already making a difference, showing potential and with a drive to help others.
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9. Volunteer(s) of the Year (Individual or Team)
We recognise that not all of those who work to deliver public safety and assist others do so as part of paid employment. There are thousands of people working in roles and organisations as volunteers, often in addition to their day job. The public safety sector would be significantly poorer and able to deliver a lot less without these valuable colleagues. The judges are looking for evidence of a person or team who have made a difference in their volunteer roles. This could be through consistent work and delivery, or during a specific incident where they stepped up to support others.
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10. Team of the Year (Team)
The judges will consider recognised teams from the same organisation or working environment as well as those teams who have come together for specific projects or incidents from various employers, companies or agencies. They are looking for instances of teams making a difference and being an example to others.
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11. Contribution to BAPCO (Individual)
As a member-focused, not-for-profit association, BAPCO could not exist without those people and organisations who support us in improving public safety communications and technology. This support is sometimes unnoticed or not acknowledged as well as it could be. This Award recognises the individual who has demonstrated an exceptional positive impact on the Association as an advocate for BAPCO or through a direct contribution to the Association’s activities or development.
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12. Distinguished Service to the Profession (Individual)
This Award recognises an industrious individual who has made a transformative difference to the profession through their efforts over a number of years. This is a person whose contributions, ideas and effort have inspired others; a person who does not give up on an issue and is always there to help, never seeking limelight, and only wanting to realise a positive impact.
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