With millions facing health concerns, economic struggles and mental distress, all while government curtails normal social activities, law enforcement agencies face the very real possibility of significant levels of civil disobedience. Although officers are accustomed to curtailing the unlawful activity of small segments of their community, what makes the current pandemic crisis unique is that many civilians who are not typically apt to break the law or argue with police may find themselves acting out of character in the face of lost jobs and mental distress.
Chief Harry P. Dolan (Ret.) will discuss strategies to address the law enforcement challenges associated with:
In addressing these challenges, officers on the ground must continually ask three key questions: