David Turch and Associates provides federal advocacy services for the Interagency Communications Interoperability System (ICIS) Joint Powers Authority (JPA), a seven-city member agency including Beverly Hills, Burbank, Culver City, Glendale, Montebello, Pasadena, and Pomona. In addition, ICIS network subscribers include the Bob Hope Airport Authority, the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (LA IMPACT), and the Verdugo Fire Communications Center, serving the cities of Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, South Pasadena, San Marino, San Gabriel, Sierra Madre, Monterey Park, and Alhambra. The ICIS system covers over 1.2 million residents in Los Angeles County.
Our firm has been actively promoting ICIS’s federal agenda with key Members of the House and Senate as well as relevant congressional committees and the executive branch. We have worked with ICIS board members and staff in crafting a federal strategy that advances ICIS’s interests by: educating federal representatives about the critical nature of the organization’s work; pursuing appropriations and programmatic funding; and leveraging congressional support on behalf of ICIS, resulting in millions of dollars in federal funds for the build out of the system.
On policy and regulatory fronts, we have promoted ICIS’s interests before federal agencies including the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services regarding COPS Technology funding, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regarding their grants programs and “Best Practices” site, and Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate Command, Control and Interoperability Division regarding the establishment of national standards for interoperable communications. ICIS members worked with the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to discuss the agency’s implementation and administration of the $1 billion Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant Program (PSIC) as well as the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).
More recently, ICIS officials met with NTIA to discuss the agency’s plans on establishing and implementing FirstNet, the governance board in charge of managing the development of a nationwide broadband network for public safety. ICIS also met with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials from the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to discuss a legislative rider in H.R. 3630 (P.L. 112-96), legislation extending middle class tax breaks and unemployment benefits, that mandates a “take back” of frequencies in the UHF T-Band portion of spectrum (470-512 MHz), which is used to support narrowband voice systems in a dozen of the largest metropolitan areas in the country, including within LA County. ICIS operates within the T-Band range of frequencies. We are working to resolve the T-Band issue with the LA Congressional Delegation, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House and Senate Homeland Security committees, and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.
In September 2014, the Justice Department’s COPS Office awarded $250,000 to the Rialto Police Department to hire two School Resource Officers (SRO). We worked closely with the Rialto Police Department and the COPS Office and Rialto’s congressional House and Senate delegations. We organized several meetings in January and March of this year between Rialto City officials and COPS Office Director Ronald Davis discussing the City’s law enforcement personnel needs and Justice Department grant opportunities. In addition to the SRO grant, the Rialto Police Department secured over $625,000 in COPS funding to hire five new police officers. The Police Department also secured a $93,000 grant in 2012 as part of a study that received national attention on the use of body cameras. The police department saw an 88 percent drop in complaint against officers, from 24 to 3 in a single year, after implementing the body cameras. Use-of-force incidents also fell by nearly 60 percent from 61 to 25 incidents.