Law Enforcement Resources
In the wake of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, JSTRI staff compiled a list of resources to assist our law enforcement partners. We want to thank the First Responders in our communities for the selfless work you do.
National Police Foundation COVID 19 Briefing for Law Enforcement which includes a public health segment and law enforcement portion
IACP Law Enforcement Information on COVID-19 webpage
IACP Organizational Readiness: Considerations for Preparing Your Agency for COVID-19
National Emerging Special Pathogen Training and Education Center Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the COVID-19 Virus
IACP COVID-19: Staying Healthy as a Police Officer Fact Sheet
Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States
Video on What Law Enforcement Personnel Need to Know about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention
Crisis Nerve Centers: Supporting Governments' Responses to Coronavirus
A crisis nerve center-a highly agile, coordinated body that brings together crucial organizational skills and capabilities can provide senior government leaders with the structure and clarity to mount an effective response and mobilize every part of society
CDC Fact Sheet-Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) in an Infectious Disease Outbreak
Quick fact sheet on crisis communication during an infection disease pandemic for organizational leaders and public information officers
DHS Information for First Responders Maintaining Operational Capabilities
To help with planning for the impacts of a severe pandemic, this document provides the following kinds of information for first responders:
- Potential ways to adjust operations to maintain readiness and response
- Potential ways for leaders in the first responder community at the local level, including two planning tools
- Reference sheets with discipline-specific potential action steps
Police Planning for an Influenza Pandemic: Case Studies and Recommendations from the Field. Police Executive Research Forum.
PERF has produced this report to help state and local police and sheriffs’ departments begin the process of analyzing how a flu pandemic would affect their operations, and how they can begin planning for such an event. Planning for a pandemic is particularly complicated in that it requires coordination with a wide variety of other public and private agencies.
OSHA Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Guide for Healthcare Workers and Employers
The goal of this document is to help healthcare workers and employers prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic. The guidance document is organized into four major sections:
- Clinical background information on influenza
- Infection control
- Pandemic influenza preparedness
- OSHA standards of special importance
Free FEMA Independent Study Courses
Registering for a FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number
In order to take these courses, the participants must register for a FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number at the URL below. This enables FEMA to identify and keep training records for participants. We have created a PowerPoint set of directions also to guide you.
- S-1300: Introduction to Continuity of Operations-1 Hour: This course is intended to lay the foundation of knowledge for students who wish to increase their understanding of continuity and building a comprehensive continuity program in their organization or jurisdiction.
- S-520: Introduction to Continuity of Operations Planning for Pandemic Influenzas-1 Hour: This course introduces students to the characteristics of a pandemic influenza, the effects that a pandemic influenza can have on every facet of our society, and the steps their organizations can take to minimize the effects of a pandemic.
- S-522: Exercising Continuity Plans for Pandemics-8 Hours: This course is based on the pandemic continuity tabletop exercise Determined Accord. The course covers fundamental continuity principles and processes but is focused on the special continuity requirements for pandemics. Strategies such as telework and other social distancing strategies are described as well as special protection strategies for first responders, healthcare personnel, and others who have daily contact with the public.
- FEMA Pandemic Influenza Continuity of Operations Planning template: This link provides agencies with a planning template for developing a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) targeted on flu pandemics.
FEMA Stafford Act – Public Assistance
State, territorial, tribal, and local government entities and certain private non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for Public Assistance. FEMA assistance will be provided at a 75 percent federal cost share. This assistance will require execution of a FEMA-State/Tribal/Territory Agreement, as appropriate, and execution of an applicable emergency plan. Local governments and other eligible PA applicants will apply through their respective state, tribal or territorial jurisdictions.
- Emergency Operation Center costs
- Training specific to the declared event o Disinfection of eligible public facilities o Technical assistance to state, tribal, territorial or local governments on emergency management and control of immediate threats to public health and safety
- Purchase and distribution of food, water, ice, medicine, and other consumable supplies, to include personal protective equipment and hazardous material suits
- Security and law enforcement
- Communications of general health and safety information to the public
- Search and rescue to locate and recover members of the population requiring assistance
- Reimbursement for state, tribe, territory and/or local government force account overtime costs
Further information about eligible emergency protective measures can be found in the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide, FP 104-009-2
U.S. Dept of Justice, BJA - Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) videoconference recording
JSTRI discusses the CESF grants allocated from the US DOJ including:
• Eligibility and Allocations by State
• Receipt of Funds
• Registering for DUNS#, SAM AND GMS accounts
• Allowable Costs
• Program Narratives
• Budget Narrative & Budget Detail Worksheet
• Application Checklist
• JSTRI Grant Assistance
Continuity of Operations Planning for COVID videoconference
Koren V. Kanadanian, Chief of Public Safety and Emergency Management at Providence College facilitated a discussion with 60 police officials on COOP planning for pandemics, including maintaining staffing levels, officer and family wellness, differential response to calls for service and union and personnel issues that arise during this pandemic.