President Obama Signs Legislation to Allocate D-Block to Public Safety (Photo and Video)

Members of the IACP and the Public Safety Alliance are pictured with Vice President Biden.

Members of the IACP and the Public Safety Alliance are pictured with Vice President Biden (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann).

Press Contact: Meredith Ward,

Late yesterday, President Obama signed legislation that would allocate the D-Block to public safety, as part of the payroll tax extension compromise.

Specifically, the legislation includes

  • D-Block allocation to public safety;
  • funding ($7 billion) for a built-out of a nationwide public safety broadband network;
  • a good governance structure; and
  • preservation of the 700 megahertz narrowband mission critical voice spectrum.

This is a top priority for the IACP and for association President Walter A. McNeil, Chief of Police, Quincy, Florida, Police Department.

Said Chief McNeil, “Allocation of the D-Block will help law enforcement and public safety fulfill their mission of protecting lives in communities they serve. The IACP has been working with the first responder community as part of the Public Safety Alliance for years to realize passage of this critical legislation.

“The IACP wishes to publicly thank the president and the vice president for their support and leadership on this issue and members of Congress, who made this a reality.”

To learn more about D-Block, watch this:

This legislation provides law enforcement and other public safety agencies with an additional 10 megahertz of spectrum that is necessary to support a nationwide, interoperable, wireless broadband network. The allocation of the D-Block will aid the public safety community to meet current and future needs and to perform increasingly complex duties.

About the IACP 

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is the world’s oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives. Founded in 1893, the IACP has more than 21,000 members in 100 countries.

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