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Register now to attend this webinar on Thursday, November 10 at 2:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. CT / 11:30 a.m. PT

During this webinar we will discuss the results of the second annual Verizon Frontline Public Safety Communications survey and what the responses of more than 2,000 first responders tell us about the importance of fast, reliable and secure communications technology to the success of any emergency response effort as well as how public safety communications technology has evolved.

We will also discuss how the speed and reliability of 5G is helping transform the public safety landscape and the innovations and capabilities it is helping enable.

Finally, you’ll hear first-hand from three distinguished leaders in the world of public safety on how they’ve seen public safety communications technology develop throughout their careers and how they feel technology will help shape the future of public safety operations, enabling first responders to do their jobs more safely and efficiently.


From left to right: Cory Davis (Moderator), Kara Kalkbrenner, Karen Tandy, and Brian DuganFrom left to right: Cory Davis (Moderator), Kara Kalkbrenner, Karen Tandy, and Brian Dugan
From left to right: Cory Davis (Moderator), Kara Kalkbrenner, Karen Tandy, and Brian Dugan

Cory Davis, Assistant Vice President, Verizon Frontline

Cory has nearly 20 years of advanced wireless technology and public safety leadership experience. Currently, he serves as the Assistant Vice President of Verizon Frontline. His team partners with public safety and public sector agencies nationwide to help them stay connected, innovate, plan for the future, mitigate pain points, and prepare for times of crisis and emergencies.

Kara Kalkbrenner, Former Chief Phoenix Fire Department

A native Phoenician, Fire Chief Kara Kalkbrenner joined the Phoenix Fire Department in 1985. During her 37 plus years of service, she held the ranks of Fire Engineer, Fire Captain, Division Chief, Deputy Chief and Executive Assistant Chief of Administration.

Chief Kalkbrenner was one of only six female Fire Chiefs of large metropolitan fire departments in the country. Her philosophy is that public administrators are community stakeholders and play an integral role in shaping the community where they work and live. Chief Kalkbrenner led 2,300 members and oversaw an operating budget of more than $550 million dollars, carefully stewarding taxpayer dollars and city resources while serving as Phoenix Fire Department’s Fire Chief.

Chief Kalkbrenner holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Phoenix College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Service Management from Ottawa University and is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School. She has served as an adjunct instructor for the Fire Services program at Maricopa County Community Colleges.

Karen Tandy, Former Administrator, US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Member, Homeland Security Advisory Council and Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking

Karen P. Tandy has more than 40 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors with executive board experience serving on for-profit and nonprofit boards. She heads a government affairs consulting firm in the Washington, DC, area.

Ms. Tandy was appointed by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the first female to head the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), where she managed a $2.4 billion budget and approximately 11,000 employees in 86 global offices from 2003 to 2007. During her tenure, the DEA dismantled 80% more significant drug-trafficking organizations, contributing to a 23% reduction in teen drug use, and the lowest level of workplace drug use in almost 20 years.

Ms. Tandy was appointed by the U.S. Congress to the Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking in 2020. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, previously leading its law enforcement operations committee. She also is a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council (DHS HSAC). Ms. Tandy is a lawyer admitted to the state bars of Texas and Virginia, and is the Founder and Principal of KPT Consulting, LLC. She resides in northern Virginia.

Brian Dugan, Tampa Chief of Police (Retired)

Brian Dugan served with the Tampa Police Department for 31 years, his final four years he served as the 32nd Chief of Police.

Throughout his career, Chief Dugan recognized the value of community relationships. He quickly rose through the ranks leading to his appointment of Chief of Police in 2017. Under his command, the Tampa Police Department was the lead agency among 70 other law enforcement partners for Super Bowl LV in 2020, as well as the lead agency for security during back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. The Tampa Police Department also coordinated security for the celebratory boat parades which, due to the pandemic, were the first of its kind.

Brian Dugan is best known for the innovative ways he cultivated police-community relationships through outreach and engagement. He created an integrated approach to fighting crime by developing a sustainable methodology of enhancing public trust and building community partnerships.

Chief Dugan earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice form West Liberty University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy State University. He is a graduate of the prestigious Southern Police Institute’s Command Officers Development Course. In 2014, he attended the Senior Management Institute for Police. He is a graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute and Leadership Tampa. Chief Dugan is also a member of several professional associations, including the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Police Executive Research Forum.

Register now to attend this webinar on November 10 at 2:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. CT / 11:30 a.m. PT

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