British APCO

British APCO (BAPCO) is an independent, user-led, professional members’ forum to promote and influence excellence in the development and use of communications and information management systems in public safety, civil resilience and civil contingencies. BAPCO is in its 23rd year, has five full-time staff, an Executive consisting of unpaid Directors who are Public Safety professionals, a vast resource of voluntary participants  who are both Members and supporters, and just under 1000 members across the UK and Europe, generally being Public Safety professionals who are passionate about technology, thought leadership and saving more lives through leveraging technology. The Association is a multi-level, multi-agency organisation which, in partnership with the industry, maintains regular liaison with manufacturers and other commercial bodies, such as consultants, to monitor developments in technology and future planning. As the leading independent user-representation group in the UK, BAPCO has strong contacts with the Government’s Cabinet Office Resilient Communications Group which is the body for co-ordinating future requirements for resilient (interoperable) communications systems, together with the Association of Chief Police Officers Communications and Intelligent Transport Systems groups. As an independent and autonomous founding partner of the APCO Global Alliance for International Cooperation and Development, BAPCO has liaison agreements with similar organisations in Australia, Canada and the USA. This body is a global network of public safety communications and information management system users to influence the setting of standards. Multi-level inventory, community building and transfer of knowledge to new crisis management models.

Role in the project

  • Management & co-ordination of the Advisory Board
  • Acquisition of representative data sets for past disaster events and analysis of
  • these events, related crisis management models and stakeholders
  • Domain analysis focused on interoperability and crisis management
  • Design and maintenance of new crisis management models
  • Conducting validation exercises and community building
  • Standardisation in the field of crisis management models



Paul Hirst,