During the COVID-19 global pandemic, law enforcement officers have faced challenges and work environments that have pushed them to the limits. While continuing to respond to routine calls for service, officers have put themselves and their families at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19. This pandemic is stressful, unfamiliar and extraordinary; “COVID-19 must be recognized as a critical event that is likely to induce trauma responses.”1 Policing protests – often times with crowds that include those who are not wearing masks – have also increased the risk of infection for law enforcement officers across the nation.2

In addition to increased rates of infection, covid-19 has resulted in:

Increased Hazards

  • Increased death of police officers3, staff, and family members
  • Increased exposures to COVID-19
  • Extended shift work4

Life Disruptions

  • Heightened quarantine requirements
  • Disrupted Family Routines – childcare, education, caring for ill family members

Decreased Resources

  • Decreased numbers of on-duty staff due to illness4, staff, and family members
  • Reduced operating budgets5

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