Beth Cortina RPL Scholarship

Beth Cortina Receives Her RPL 2024 Illinois APCO Beth Cortina RPL Scholarship

The APCO Institute Leadership Certificate Program is a comprehensive 12 month online program leading to the professional designation of Registered Public-Safety Leader (RPL). 

Documents to apply: 

Documents required:

  • RPL applicants receive a certificate of acceptance into the APCO Institute Registry of Public-Safety Leaders
  • A formal and prestigious letter serving as an acknowledgment of excellence within our industry.
  • RPL Scholarship application / contract downloadable below. 

Illinois APCO has designated one full scholarships for 2024


 To be eligible to apply, you must be:

  • An APCO International member (Illinois Chapter) in good standing with a demonstrated record of service to our Association and our industry.
  • Must maintain APCO membership during the RPL Program and one year immediately after
  • Full-time employment with an Illinois 911 PSAP
  • Willing and able to commit to completing and critiquing the program requirements
  • Dedicated to accepting the challenge of ongoing leadership and service for the betterment of public safety communications

After Acceptance

Once accepted into RPL program, applicants shall provide a copy of RPL application, proof of acceptance, and signed liability addendum. Applications for scholarship must be received by April 30, 2024.

RPL classes begin:

  • January 2024
  • February 2024
  • March 2024
  • April 2024
  • May 2024
  • June 2024

Application Submission

Download the RPL scholarship application (PDF)

Submissions shall be made via email or U.S. mail to:

Ed Milam, Chapter Secretary
Illinois APCO
17547 Woodbrook Lane
Lockport, IL 60441

Email to Edward Milam 

Who was Beth Cortina? 

Beth Ann Cortina served the City of Naperville since January 18, 1999. She joined the Naperville Police Dept. as an Emergency Communications Supervisor and was promoted to the position of Communications Manager with the department in 2006. During her career at the Naperville Police Department, Beth Ann was instrumental in the Communication's Section recognition as a Flagship Agency by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  From 2007 to 2010 she served as an Illinois Executive Board Member for the Illinois Chapter of Association of Public Safety Communications Official (APCO) and she also was an active member for International APCO committees. She also acquired certification through APCO as a Registered Public Leader in 2007. Beth passed away on January 14th, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer.