Strategic Partners

ICMA Partnership


The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is a 108-year old, non-profit professional association of local government administrators and managers, with approximately 13,000 members located in 32 countries.

Since its inception in 1914, ICMA has been dedicated to assisting local governments and their managers in providing services to its citizens in an efficient and effective manner.
ICMA advances the knowledge of local government best practices its website, publications, research, professional development, and membership.

The ICMA Center for Public Safety Management (ICMA/CPSM) was launched by ICMA to provide support to local governments in the areas of dispatch, police, fire, EMS, Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The Center also represents local governments at the federal level and is involved in numerous projects with the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security.

In 2014 Center for Public Safety Management, (CPSM) spun out as an LLC and is now the exclusive provider of public safety technical assistance for ICMA. We recently agreed to extend that relationship an additional five years. CPSM provides training and research for the Association’s members and represents ICMA in its dealings with the federal government and other public safety professional associations such as CALEA. The Center for Public Safety Management, LLC maintains the same team of individuals performing the same level of service that it had for ICMA.

CPSM’s local government technical assistance experience includes workload and deployment analysis, using our unique methodology and subject matter experts to examine department organizational structure and culture, identify workload and staffing needs as well as industry best practices. We have conducted more than 400 studies in 46 states and provinces and more than 250 communities ranging in size from 3,300 population Lewes, DE, IA to 800,000 population Indianapolis, IN.


Emergency Management Assistance Compact 

EMACThe Center for Public Safety Management represents ICMA on the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) board and CPSM has become a strategic partner with EMAC. EMAC is in place through all 50 states to identify, contract, and mobilize resources used in disasters. Take a moment to visit the EMAC website by clicking on the logo or going to: At the website, you’ll find training opportunities for you and your staff so that you know how to use the EMAC system before, during and after a disaster. CPSM can also assist with planning, Threat-Hazard Identification-Risk Assessments (THIRA).

The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership

LogoThe purpose of the Davenport Institute is to help solve public problems by promoting citizen participation in governance. Davenport works with city and county governments, special districts, regional governance associations, and non-profit organizations to both promote and support legitimate civic involvement through training, consulting and grant making. In its first decade, the Davenport Institute has trained 1,000 public officials and served 117 municipalities.

CPSM and the Davenport Institute collaborate in offering training in public engagement for police departments to build trust. This training is offered at conferences, through state associations and can be tailored to a community’s needs.