Policing during COVID-19: A Worldwide Study of Changes in Police Organizations and Practices

Covid19 VirusIn the early 2020, the spread of COVID-19 and the resulting stay-at-home orders issued by the governments across the world prompted many police agencies to adjust how, what, and whom they police. The pandemic has compelled police agencies to reassess their tasks and restructure their organizations. To explore the extent and nature of these changes within police organizations and their responses to the environmental changes, the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University and Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge have initiated the first worldwide study of police organizational changes and responses to COVID-19 pandemic.