1. The San Diego Association of Public Safety
Dispatchers, hereby referred to as APSD, will work in conjunction with
existing law enforcement associations and resources to bring the needs
and concerns specific to communications to the forefront. The APSD is an
independent organization made up of fire and law enforcement
communications center managers, supervisors, phone and radio dispatchers
in San Diego County
1. A platform from which to plan, organize and
implement dispatcher training for San Diego County law enforcement and
i. While this training may be in conjunction with
existing resources, the unique needs of local agencies are the
APSD’s primary focus.
ii. Sharing development and teaching responsibilities among agencies
is strongly encouraged.
iii. Developing classes that are not dependent upon size for
effectiveness is a must.
iv. Law enforcement training will be done in conjunction with the
Training Managers Association.
2. A conduit of information that facilitates the
exchange of ideas and open dialogue between members.
3. A forum for the analysis of technological advancements as they
pertain to police and fire communications.
4. A resource for communications administrators concerning policy
i. Establish an avenue by which
multi-jurisdictional incidents are handled with some degree of
5. A means of influence to shape future department
policies and decisions that will have a direct effect on communications
6. To share staffing and retention concerns and solutions.
1. There is no membership of the APSD
1. The Officers of the APSD shall be:
ii. Vice President
2. The duties of the President include:
i. Presiding at all meetings of the APSD.
ii. Exercising control of all Officers and operations of the APSD.
iii. Appointing committees as needed for furtherance of APSD
3. The duties of the Vice President shall be:
i. Preside over all regular meetings of the APSD
in the absence of the President.
ii. To assume the position of President in the event the President
is unable to continue his/her duties, for the duration of the
iii. To act as a liaison between this Association and other
associations whose business may have an impact on public safety
iv. As the Audit Committee Chair, the Vice President will audit the
treasurer’s reports for the previous year and submit a written
report at the January meeting of the APSD.
4. The duties of the Secretary shall be:
i. Taking minutes at all meetings of the APSD and
distributing them to the members.
ii. Maintaining a current roster of all members.
iii. To collect membership dues.
iv. Providing notice to all members of all regular meetings at least
seven days prior to each meeting.
v. To ensure the APSD webpage is maintained with current
5. The duties of the Treasurer are:
i. To maintain an accurate accounting of the
collection and disbursement of all APSD funds and submit a written
report at each regular meeting, which shall be included in the
minutes of that meeting.
ii. To schedule classes, prepare invoices and maintain course credit
lists for agencies.
V. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
1. The Board of Directors shall be made up of the
Officers of the APSD, which are comprised of the President, Vice President,
Secretary, Treasurer, and no more than twenty Directors at Large.
2. Each agency may have one Director at Large.
i. Agency will be defined on a case by case basis by
a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
ii. No more than one Director at Large may be elected
from any agency.
3. Any active or retired member of the San Diego County
Public Safety Communications industry is eligible to serve on the Board of
4. Board Members shall serve an indefinite term. To vacate a position, a
Board Member may either resign their position or be removed from the Board
(cf. Sections V-5 and V-7).
5. Upon missing the third consecutive regularly scheduled meeting, a
Director at Large may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of Board
6. Officers of the APSD are expected to make Association business a
priority. Upon missing the second consecutive regularly scheduled meeting,
an Officer may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of the Board
7. Board Members may be removed by a majority vote of the Board, provided
that the member being removed is given written notice of the cause of action
at least ten days prior to the vote.
1. When a vacancy occurs, nominations for election of new Board Members
will be made by the remaining Board Members. The nominated candidates
shall either accept or decline the nomination prior to the vote being
2. Board Members shall be elected by a majority of votes cast by
remaining Board Members.
i. Resigning Board Members may vote in their
successor if their resignation date takes affect after the proposed
ii. Board Members who are removed from office may not
vote on their successor.
3. Board Members may be removed by a majority vote of the
Board, provided that the member being removed is given written notice of the
cause of action at least ten days prior to the vote.
1. Each Board Member shall be entitled to one vote on
issues before the APSD.
2. A vote may be taken verbally, by a show of hands, or by secret ballot
if requested by a majority of the Board Members present.
3. When two or more Board Members request a roll call vote, the
secretary shall call the roll and record the vote.
4. A majority vote of Board Members present is required for a vote to be
VIII. CONDUCT of MEETINGS
1. Meetings of members shall be presided over by the
President of the APSD, or in his/her absence, by the Vice President of
the APSD or, in his/her absence, by the Treasurer.
2. Robert’s Rule of Order shall govern meetings.
IX. BY-LAW AMENDMENTS
1. These By-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of Board Members
provided that 30 days notice be provided to all Board Members describing
the amendment and its intended impact.