By Louise Drewery on 11 December 2017

The leading UK organisation representing public safety communications professionals has thrown its weight behind the first national awards for control room staff, launched by Hull-based technology business APD Communications.

The British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (British APCO) is backing the Control Room Awards which celebrate unsung heroes within emergency services and other critical control operations.

APD specialises in mission critical, life-saving solutions for the emergency services and has launched the awards to recognise the life-changing work of control room staff in their day-to-day duties, often dealing with harrowing and distressing situations. 

A not-for-profit, membership organisation, British APCO is the leading UK-based association for everybody who uses public safety communications and IT.

Ian Thompson, Chief Executive of British APCO, who will join the judging panel of the Control Room Awards, said: “We’re thrilled to support these fantastic awards. Many of our members hail from a control room environment and we’re very keen to highlight the incredible work they do.

“Often we focus on the technology in control room environments, but it’s vital to remember that nothing would be possible without the professionalism and skill of the people behind the scenes. 

“These awards are all about recognising the work done by critical control room staff and personnel within public safety organisations. We’re keen for there to be recognition for the vital work of professionals in mission-critical operations, no matter what badge they wear.”

British APCO will dedicate a section of its website to the Control Room Awards and promote the awards in quarterly e-newsletters circulated to its 1,100 members. Details of the awards will also be featured in the well-read quarterly British APCO Journal.

Mike Isherwood, APD Managing Director, said: “We’re honoured to have the backing of British APCO. The association and its members truly understand the commitment and dedication of control room staff around the UK.

“We’re celebrating the individuals who save lives, reduce crime and make our communities a safer place to live. British APCO’s support in spreading the word of these awards is invaluable in recognising these unsung heroes.”

The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the luxury De Vere Orchard Hotel in Nottingham. Nominations are open until January 18, 2018, with the shortlist revealed on February 1, 2018.

To nominate an individual or team for the APD Control Room Awards, visit

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the event, visit for more information. 

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