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CEO Blog

5th August

I’m writing this piece not long after we all received the latest advice from the UK Government on the easing of restrictions imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19.  It looked promising that venues for sports and events would reopen and foreign travel without subsequent isolation would be more widespread.  Further announcements were less hopeful as venue openings were delayed and people on holiday in Spain found they would have to self-isolate for two weeks on their return to the UK.  Who knows what will come next and which way we will be guided?

At BAPCO we are following the announcements very closely, especially in relation to event planning.  We recently announced the Call for Papers for BAPCO 2021, our Annual Conference & Exhibition on 9th & 10th March.  We are looking at several themes across the conference but if you have something you think would be interesting to our Public Safety community, go ahead and submit a proposal.  The more diverse the content and the presenters, the more interesting and better for the event and your association.  We especially welcome content from users with practical experience of the issues and the technology.

Preparations are in hand for our Satellite Series event at St James’ Park, Newcastle on the 11th & 12th November. We aim to share your experiences of working differently during the pandemic.  The team has been working hard over the recent weeks preparing for the event.  We are in close consultation with the venue operators on their plans to run a safe event and what may be possible.  We will be guided by them and by Government advice and will keep you updated on plans and any changes.

One thing we know is going ahead is our first ever programme of BAPCO podcasts.  Plans are being finalised for the first series of six episodes on a variety of themes of interest to association members and our wider Public Safety community.  Keep an eye out for details coming soon with weekly episodes planned from September. 

Thanks to those who responded to my request for BAPCO Ambassadors recently.  It was great to talk to you all about the plans for BAPCO 2021.  So much of what BAPCO does is underpinned and supported by those of you who help us on a voluntary basis.  This includes the president and vice-presidents as well as the Executive Members. As the association’s influence grows and we become involved with more partners and in more activities, we need more volunteers to help.

Sometimes we need assistance at a venue, on other occasions we may need somebody with knowledge of a specific subject to help us with a debate or writing a piece for a newsletter. Occasionally we just need another willing pair of hands.  If you are interested in helping out in some way, please get in touch for a no obligation chat.

Have a look at our first ever BAPCO Annual Review to see more of what your association has been doing and our plans for the future, whatever it looks like and with whatever restrictions.  It’s on the About Us page on our website.

Thank you for all that you do for Public Safety and for your support of our association.