In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on law enforcement and other first responders, the National Police Foundation (NPF), in collaboration with the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation and Esri, has developed a COVID-19 situational awareness tool for law enforcement agencies. The tool, featuring a real-time dashboard, provides critical insights to assist executives, commanders, administrators, and other decision makers in assessing and monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on our nation’s first responders, including officer exposures, diagnoses, workforce impacts, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needs and projections.
The interactive tool allows agencies to provide confidential, real-time updates which are instantly incorporated into the national dashboard and map. The dashboard identifies the number of officers exposed through their work; officially tested and diagnosed; placed in off duty status due to exposure; and who are self-isolating due to symptoms or off duty exposure. The dashboard also estimates the availability of necessary PPE; the most critical PPE which agencies are lacking; and current and projected shortages of PPE. The data is then aggregated and mapped at the state level in order to show these impacts across the country. Individual agencies are not identified. Law enforcement agencies can then compare impacts in the state with those of other states.
The dashboard can be accessed by going to https://tinyurl.com/y8jj82x5