Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic: 'What Police Learned from One of the Most Challenging Periods of Our Lives'   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Executive Summary: "This report summarizes PERF's [Police Executive Research Forum's] findings from nearly 120 'Daily COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] Reports' produced between March 17, 2020 and March 16, 2021, along with additional research into how police departments and sheriffs' offices responded to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-21. The purpose of the report is not primarily historical. Rather, the report is intended to provide law enforcement agencies with continuing guidance on how to manage their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to other public health emergencies in the future. [...] Throughout the pandemic, communities nationwide continued to look to their police agencies for guidance and assistance. Police agencies and sheriffs' offices worked to respond to these public health needs. At the same time, police had to modify their own daily work protocols in many ways to protect their personnel from the threat of COVID-19 infection. Because most police officers work out on the streets, in close contact with the public, they were at high risk of becoming infected. 'Police and sheriffs' departments proved to be resilient, changing many of their systems and operations almost overnight in the early days of the pandemic, and continuing to adapt for a year or more as conditions changed.' This report summarizes the ways in which police agencies responded to the pandemic, and is intended to help agencies plan for potential future public health crises."

2021 Police Executive Research Forum. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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