We (APCO-MS Board members) have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the “APCO-MS 2018 Annual Emergency Telecommunicator Training Conference” which will take place, May 13-16, 2018 in Hattiesburg Mississippi.

The conference will be held on the USM campus in the Thad Cochran Center (TCC), on the 3rd floor.

Hours of the training classes start Monday at 8AM and end Wednesday at 2PM. There will be a pre-conference training session (Sunday afternoon May 13th) on Agency Reimbursements, BETST certifications question/answers with Dianne Berry (BETST).

Certificates will be available at the completion of the conference.

The APCO-MS Training Conference has become one of the most important annual gathering in the state of Mississippi. Emergency Dispatch Personnel can learn, network and meet with vendors. You get to see what is new in the market and give feedback to what you would like to see in future markets as in training and tools of the trade.

We want you and your co-workers to be better prepared for the challenges of your chosen career. So let us know what type of training you would like to see added to the conference itinerary. If we can’t get it added for the current year we will strive to make it happen for a future conference. We value your thoughts, comments and support of our efforts to educate, recognize and support Mississippi Emergency Services Telecommunicators. We’re here and we’re listening.

We invite speakers that are in the top of their field, to give you the best and most updated information on any given topic. If you know of someone that fits this description, we would love to hear from you.

Our theme is “Superheroes” and yes you can dress as your favorite Superhero Monday night (Vendor Night).

We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

To register and or find additional information about the conference please keep an eye on the APCO-MS Chapter website at

Kind regards,

Sheri Hokamp CPE, RPL

APCO-MS Chapter President


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Event:                           APCO-MS 2018 Training Conference

Registration Cost:        $495 per person

Dates:                            May 13-16, 2018

CEU:                             20 Hours

Theme:                          Superheroes

Location:                      Thad Cochran Center, 121 W Memorial Dr Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Hotel information: (Two Host Hotels with shared Parking Lot) To receive special rate reservations must be made before April 19, 2018. The code for the special rate is “APCO”

$93.00 per night (APCO Special Group Rate)

Courtyard by Marriott Hattiesburg
119 Grand Dr, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
(601) 268-3050

$93.00 per night (APCO Special Group Rate)

Residence Inn by Marriott Hattiesburg
116 Grand Dr, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
(601) 264-9202

Don’t forget to nominate someone (Emergency Telecommunicator that works in the state of Mississippi) for the “Larry Lindsey Award” (Telecommunicator of the Year). You can find the submission form, rules and guidelines on our website at

Information for the “Alan Gray” scholarship can also be found on our website

Both of these are presented at the annual conference.