In March 2020, the NPF launched a real-time COVID-19 Law Enforcement Impact Dashboard to collect data and monitor workforce impacts, including the number of officers unable to work/placed in off-duty status due to possible or confirmed exposure, the number of officers that have been tested and diagnosed, as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) needs. The NPF has revised the dashboard to expand on key measures to better track the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and related operational challenges that agencies are facing.
The NPF, IACP, and other CRI-TAC partners encourage law enforcement agencies to submit their data here: https://www.policefoundation.org/covid-19/. Data collected through the COVID-19 Law Enforcement Impact Dashboard will assist the field with understanding the scope and impact of COVID-19, as well as informing CRI-TAC tools and resources for the field.
The NPF and CRI-TAC are simultaneously releasing an analysis of COVID-19 line of duty deaths, paired with officer safety and wellness resources for law enforcement. According to data from the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP), COVID-19 was the leading cause of line of duty deaths for law enforcement officers from March through July 2020, causing more than 50 percent of all line of duty deaths in several states. This analysis underscores the importance of monitoring COVID-19 related safety implications for law enforcement.
The COPS Office’s premier technical assistance center, CRI-TAC is led by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and a number of other leading law enforcement stakeholder associations. CRI-TAC provides critical and tailored technical assistance resources to state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies on a wide variety of topics. It features a “by the field, for the field” approach while delivering tailored technical assistance using leading experts in a range of public safety, crime reduction, and community policing topics. In the two years since it began, CRI-TAC has fielded more than 400 requests for assistance from campus, local, county, tribal, and state agencies on critical issues like school safety, active shooter response, de-escalation, crisis intervention, and intelligence and information sharing. More information on the success of CRITAC can be found in a newly released report describing its first two years. That report can be accessed at https://cops.usdoj.gov/RIC/ric.php?page=detail&id=COPS-W0897.
CRI-TAC’s partners are Fraternal Order of Police; FBI National Academy Associates, Inc.; International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators; International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training; National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives; National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives; National Sheriffs’ Association; and National Tactical Officers Association
CRI-TAC is a public service and offered at no cost to your agency. To learn more and watch a video about the program, visit the CRI-TAC website.
About the National Police Foundation:
The National Police Foundation (NPF) is a non-partisan and non-membership 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing the impact and delivery of police services through reforms and enhancements guided by innovation and science. For the last 50 years, the Foundation has led the development of research on all aspects of policing and leads the way in promoting and sharing evidence-based practices and innovation among law enforcement. The Foundation works with communities across the U.S. and internationally to provide research, training, and technical assistance relating to community engagement and problem solving, promoting safety and healthy organizations and officers, the reduction and prevention of violence, and equitable and fair justice for all. For more information, please visit the National Police Foundation website at www.policefoundation.org.