COVID-19 (Coronavirus)*

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As the number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to climb globally, law enforcement agencies continue to respond to communities on the front lines, despite the operational challenges the pandemic poses.

These operational challenges include inevitable shortages of employees and resources that make it essential for law enforcement agencies to establish plans and take measures in advance. Preparation will help ensure that crucial law enforcement services are not unreasonably disrupted and that employees are provided with the means to prevent or mitigate the spread of infection. This considerations document provides guidance for developing contingency plans, organizing resources, and establishing departmental protocols that can be used to respond to and help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic or similar health emergency.

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