Officer Safety and Wellness Group Meeting Summary: Pandemic Policing: Emerging Issues and Recommendations [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Overview of the July 2021 Virtual Meetings: "On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] a global pandemic (World Health Organization 2020). [...] Less than three months into the pandemic, George Floyd was killed in the custody of Minneapolis (Minnesota) police officers attempting to arrest him for passing a counterfeit $20 at a convenience store. Mr. Floyd's death sparked widespread demonstrations as hundreds of thou sands of people across the United States took to the streets in protest (Wright 2021). Consequently, law enforcement executives across the country faced the challenge of protecting their communities and their officers from COVID-19 while also needing to determine how to keep their workforce healthy as they policed the protests[.] [...] It was abundantly clear in the discussions over the course of the three virtual meetings that for police leadership, the health of their workforce is of utmost concern. Each law enforcement executive in the meetings explicitly identified the health and well-being of their officers as their number one priority. Law enforcement officials were forced to navigate unfamiliar terrain and provide critical leadership and guidance to their officers while adapting to the contours the pandemic would take locally, statewide, nationally, or worldwide."
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