Coronavirus (COVID-19): international policing responses - part 2 - easing of lockdown

This review (part 2) considers international policing approaches and responses during the easing of lockdown (up to 15 June 2020) and future considerations.

Main points from the paper

  • Countries are now at different stages of lockdown easing, but tend to follow a similar pattern
  • In many countries policing the initial lockdown was more straightforward than policing the eased lockdown, both because of the cumulative effect of lockdown on communities and often unclear guidance for officers
  • Police forces need time to digest and adapt to any significant changes in easing of lockdown, which has not always been afforded
  • As the restrictions have been eased countries have found policing by consent to be more important than ever, as police negotiate a fragmented and changing mix of restrictions[5]
  • There is emerging evidence that particular types of crime may have increased, including domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation, anti-social behaviour and speeding, presenting different challenges for the police.[6] There is the potential for more anti-social behaviour as the lockdown eases with young people out of school
  • Now that the sense of urgency around COVID-19 has begun to settle, emergency police powers are being scrutinised more closely, with the police's actions being investigated in some cases (i.e. Northern Ireland)
  • It is possible that police morale may have been damaged in recent weeks following negative public perceptions of the police, reignited in response to the killing of George Floyd in the USA



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