Dashboard Shows Scope of COVID-19 on Law Enforcement

September 14, 2020 — The National Police Foundation (NPF) has partnered with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC) to develop and share resources with the law enforcement community based on the continued impact of COVID-19.

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.

A look at the dashboard on September 14 showed that 3.5% (or 6,533 of 187,632) of reported personnel across the country had been exposed to Covid-19. Over 63% of all agencies state that they have sufficient PPE. Particulate respirators and disposable gowns were listed as the most-needed PPE.

The NPF, IACP, and other CRI-TAC partners encourage law enforcement agencies to submit their data here: 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.

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