The US Department of Justice released a position paper prepared by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) issuing guidance to law enforcement agencies in a time of public health emergencies. The document, while meant to address an All Threats approach to health emergencies none the less specifically mentions Pandemic Influence a number of times. The paper is titled The Role of Law Enforcement in Public Health Emergencies, Special Considerations for an All-Hazards approach. The PDF may be found here. I found the disclaimer on page two very interesting though.
This document was prepared by the Police Executive Research Forum using funding provided by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Why would the DoJ go through all the trouble to issue advice and guidance under its seal but at the same time disavow it?
In a large-scale incident, such as a pandemic, law enforcement resources will quickly become overwhelmed, and law enforcement officials will have to balance their resources and efforts between these new responsibilities and everyday service demands. All of this may have to be accomplished with a greatly diminished workforce, as officers and their families may become infected and ill, and some personnel may determine that the risk of continuing to report to work is just too great to themselves or their families.A department’s ability to respond effectively to any emergency—public health or otherwise—greatly depends on its preparedness, and this is directly linked to the law enforcement agency’s planning and its partnerships.
At least they acknowledge that the police are likely to be overwhelmed early on, and also that concern for an officer's own family may play heavily upon their decision to report for duty.
While nothing is a major revelation in the report, other than that strange disclaimer at the beginning, it is worth a perusal, if nothing else it shows the thinking of the preeminent Chiefs of Police, both in the US and internationally.
At least they are thinking about the issue of Pandemic Influenza.