The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) consider the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to be a very serious public health threat. The CDC is taking proactive preparedness steps and issued interim guidance for healthcare providers and first responders on infection control and prevention for COVID-19.
Law enforcement response to COVID-19 is evolving as new information becomes available. The following resources assembled and prepared by a variety of associations and organizations may be helpful as your agency plans, prepares and responds.
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on law enforcement and other first responders, the National Police Foundation, in collaboration with the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation and Esri, has developed a real-time situational awareness tool for law enforcement agencies. The tool, featuring a real-time dashboard, provides critical insights for executives, commanders, and others to better assess and monitor the impact of COVID-19, including officer exposures, diagnoses, workforce impacts, and personal protective equipment (PPE) needs and projections.
The interactive tool allows agencies to provide confidential, real-time updates that are instantly incorporated into the national dashboard and map. The dashboard identifies the number of officers exposed through their work, officially tested and diagnosed, placed in off-duty status due to exposure, and that are self-isolating due to symptoms or off-duty exposure. The dashboard also estimates the availability of necessary PPE, the most critical PPE that agencies are lacking, and current and projected shortages of PPE. The data is then aggregated and mapped at the state-level in order to show these impacts across the country. Individual agencies are not identified. Law enforcement agencies can then compare impacts in their state with those of other states.
COVID-19 Briefing for Law Enforcement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The National Police Foundation (NPF) is currently providing and developing these resources from limited internal resources. If you would like to help support NPF’s efforts to provide vital resources to law enforcement agencies and first responders during this crisis, please visit: www.policefoundation.org/donate.