COVID-19 Initiatives, Resources & Tools for the Field

Project Summary 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on law enforcement and other first responders, the National Police Foundation identified the need to provide resources and awareness to the law enforcement community.

 

Methodology

Real Time Situational Awareness Dashboard: In collaboration with the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation (NAPSG) and Esri, the National Police Foundation 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 other stakeholders to assess and monitor the impact of COVID-19, including officer exposures, diagnosis, workforce impact, and personal protective equipment (PPE). Data collected is aggregated and mapped at the state-level to show the implications 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 Crime & Data Analysis: Additionally, to respond to law enforcement needs, the National Police Foundation is examining data sources to track and analyze crime trends and patterns during this unprecedented pandemic. While anecdotes and some agencies’ data have reported reductions in calls for service and some crime types, other jurisdictions have seen a rise in crimes such as child abuse and domestic violence. The NPF team, along with academic partners, will use cutting-edge analytic tools to search and compare data, identifying trends and patterns that can inform policy and decision-makers in the field on what is happening, informing staffing, resource, and policy decisions.

COVID-19 First Responder Research and Practice Reference Search (COFRS-19): Understanding how fractured, duplicative, and unfocused the myriad of COVID-19 resources can be to public safety stakeholders, policymakers, and researchers, NPF began constructing a single web-based solution that searches across trusted public safety relevant websites and research, bringing back responsive, curated content instantly that can then be further refined and filtered. NPF has leveraged powerful open source software combined with an open source research dataset of approximately 50,000 research articles on topics related to the current pandemic, and continues to add more than 1,000 additional resources.

 

Publications

View the National Police Foundation’s COVID-19 resources page at: https://www.policefoundation.org/covid-19/

 

Funding & Collaboration

The National Police Foundation’s real time situational awareness dashboard and crime and data analysis initiatives is being funded by the Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC), a program of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

 

Points of Contact

Jennifer Zeunik
Director of Local Programs
National Police Foundation
Jzeunik@policefoundation.org

 

Keywords

Covid-19; pandemic; coronavirus