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NCJ Number: 220392 Find in a Library
Title: Police Planning for an Influenza Pandemic: Case Studies and Recommendations from the Field
Author(s): Andrea M. Luna; Corina Sole Brito; Elizabeth A. Sanberg
Corporate Author: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
United States of America
Editor(s): Craig Fischer
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 121
Sponsoring Agency: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
Washington, DC 20036
Publication Number: ISBN: 978-1-934485-03-3
Sale Source: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 930
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents information captured and summarized from case studies of four police departments currently involved in preparing for an influenza pandemic, that includes lessons learned from the field, and recommendations for law enforcement and other government officials beginning the process of developing pandemic flu plans for their communities.
Abstract: While the four law enforcement agencies were in different phases of the planning process, there were a number of similar critical issues raised and decisions made in the sites. With the planning for a flu pandemic still in its infancy, the case studies reflect only these agencies' experiences. However, these experiences will give other law enforcement leaders insight into some of the issues that need to be addressed in a pandemic flu plan. Proposed guidelines and planning efforts fall into two primary areas: (1) “external” efforts involving local multiagency planning and (2) “internal” planning which are police department specific and include preparing the department, protecting officers, and protecting the community. Recommendations are presented from the police planning officials who helped develop the flu pandemic plans in each site. These lessons have value in assisting law enforcement and other government officials in the beginning process of writing pandemic flu plans for their communities. While the recommendations are many, they indicate that department officials should focus on developing a flexible plan that builds on current public health recommendations specific to a pandemic flu. Engaging and educating the department, as well as incorporating existing multi-agency planning and emergency response efforts into the plan, will assist in the department’s preparation process. As a result of a symposium on pandemic influenza held in Washington, DC, in 2006, four police agencies were identified on which to conduct in-depth case studies. These agencies were Fairfax County Police Department, VA, Toronto Police Service, Ontario, Canada, Overland Park Police Department, KS, and London Metropolitan Police Service, London, England. This report presents the pandemic flu planning efforts of these law enforcement agencies and summarizes the various approaches taken by the departments and the lessons learned. Figures, appendixes
Main Term(s): Police emergency planning
Index Term(s): Crisis management; Disaster procedures; Emergency procedures; Police emergency procedures; Police planning; Police policy development
Note: From the Police Executive Research Forum Critical Issues in Policing Series
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