In order to ensure cooperation between law enforcement and public healthcare agencies in the event phase of an influenza pandemic it’s important that communication channels are established, training exercises and plans shared, as well as a common command structure for incidents. The federal, state, as well as local authorities must collaborate to create guidelines and procedures for dealing with an influenza pandemic. Coordinating should include the identification and use of all resources, personnel, equipment, and other necessary items to execute an effective response plan.
In an emergency, law enforcement and public health must work together to set up unified command and control centres that allow effective coordination and response. It is important that agencies work in close cooperation to create clear communication lines and decision-making procedures. This will allow for rapid response and effective decision making.
Public health law enforcement and legal authorities are available to help implement non-pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical interventions for both officially declared and unofficial public health emergencies. They include the imposition of restrictions on movement and closure, as well as isolation, quarantine, restricted movement and closing of events or places. The agencies should collaborate to create and execute response plans that comply with the law and protect individuals’ privacy.
Public health and law enforcement agencies can coordinate the implementation of certain interventions like isolation, quarantine and restriction of movement. This protocol and guideline should be clear and specific in defining the roles of each agency and establish channels of communication and decision making processes. It also needs to identify key personnel, resources and equipment that are required for an effective response plan.
In advance of any outbreak, plans should be made to ensure continuity between law enforcement and public health agencies in the event of an epidemic. Plans should identify the essential staff, resources and equipment required to provide essential services. They also establish communication lines and decision-making processes.
Essential criteria and approaches for assessing agencies’ preparedness for an influenza pandemic include the development of a comprehensive risk assessment, establishment of clear objectives and performance measures, identification of essential personnel, resources, and equipment, and regular training and evaluation of response plans.
The following basic personal protection measures will help law enforcement personnel function in a situation of pandemic: regular hand hygiene, proper personal protective gear, social distancing, and wearing the appropriate protective equipment. The training must include the ability to identify the signs and how to implement response plans in order for the disease’s spread to be contained.