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Title: Communication and Public Health Emergencies: A Guide for Law Enforcement
Author(s): Corina Sole Brito; Andrea Morrozoff Luna; Elizabeth Lang Sanberg
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 72
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
Washington, DC 20036
Grant Number: 2006-DG-BX-K071
Sale Source: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 930
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Document: PDF|PDF
Type: Instructional Material; Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: One of three documents developed by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) on the law enforcement response to public health emergencies, this report identifies issues that law enforcement executives should address in their public health communications plans.
Abstract: The public health communications issues addressed cover both internal communications (those that remain within the agency) and external communications (those that go to other agencies or the public). The guide summarizes the goals, principles, and strategies for developing a communication plan, with an emphasis on communications that convey information about a threat and risk for the purpose of influencing individual behavior. This information includes a discussion of the factors that influence an individual’s perception of risk and how officials can manage fear and provide useful information to concerned residents during a public health emergency. The guide also outlines anticipated community expectations of law enforcement during a public health emergency, notes the value of communicating about threats prior to an emergency, and indicates how this communications role integrates with existing community policing practices. Six sections of this report identify factors that law enforcement executives should consider in advance of a public health emergency, as well as how to activate these plans once a public health emergency has been declared. An overview of risk communication in the United States is followed by a section that discusses the use of communication planning in preparing the agency for a public health emergency. Communications with other agencies and strategies for communicating with the public before and during a public health emergency are discussed in two other sections. Working with the news media and incorporating lessons learned into agency policy and practice are also considered. Appended supplementary information, a resource list, and sample communications
Main Term(s): Police management training
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; Communicable diseases; Communication techniques; Communications; Police communicable disease training; Police management
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