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Policing in pandemics: A systematic review and best practices for police response to COVID-19

Laufs, J; Waseem, Z; (2020) Policing in pandemics: A systematic review and best practices for police response to COVID-19. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction , 51 , Article 101812. 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101812. Green open access

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a range of unforeseen and unprecedented challenges for police departments worldwide. In light of these challenges, the goal of this review is to understand the potential short- and long-term effects of disasters and public health emergencies on policing organisations and officers. A total of 72 studies were eligible for inclusion, based on their focus on policing and police work during and in the aftermath of natural disasters and public health emergencies. Through an extensive review, we compile and analyse the most common issues and best practices identified in the literature, and discuss ‘what works’ in the context of policing such emergencies. The literature reveals four categories of issues predominantly raised in this context, namely police-community relations, the mental health and wellbeing of officers, intra-organisational challenges, as well as inter-agency collaboration and cooperation. Based on our review and analysis, we offer a list of recommendations relevant for policing the current COVID-19 outbreak. The findings of this review have immediate implications for policing during COVID-19 but also cover long-term effects, providing valuable recommendations for after the crises has passed.

Type: Article
Title: Policing in pandemics: A systematic review and best practices for police response to COVID-19
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101812
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101812
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: COVID-19, Policing, Law enforcement, Systematic review, Epidemic, Public health
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10108620
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