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Your PTACC Ticker
for the Week of May 13th


1) Article: NPR Policing Is Changing In The Age of Social Distancing

NPR's article, "Policing is Changing in the Age of Social Distancing," mentions the changed prioritization surrounding enforcement of certain infractions and misdemeanors, while also addressing the change in expectations of which behaviors need to be enforced. New policing duty examples include monitoring public spaces to remind individuals to stay six feet apart or keeping patronage below ten people.

For those concerned with deflection or community policing, the requirements of wearing masks can exacerbate face to face interactions. In emotional crises, says Max Geron,a veteran of the Dallas Police Department, "when you’re used to seeing and responding to those non-verbal cues and you suddenly take some of those away, it’s like you’ve lose one of your senses."
 

2) Reference Sheet: Implications and Helpful Tips for Law Enforcement

The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition developed a reference sheet with "Implications and Helpful Tips for Law Enforcement" explaining how people with addictions are a critical population that is impacted by COVID-19. 

The reference sheet includes expectations law enforcement should have (impeded access to medications) and well as related issues (challenges to homeless population of which they should be made aware.

Read the full fact sheet here.



3) Article: Child Abuse Believed to be Rising During Pandemic Crisis

The Crime Report, highlighting findings by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, reported that as families suffer more stress, the people required to report suspected abuse, such as teachers, have less contact with children who may need help.

With abuse likely rising and reporting down, experts are encouraging friends and neighbors to be vigilant and are bracing for a flood of kids in need when life returns to some semblance of normal. Those required to report abuse and neglect have had less in-person contact with children during the crisis, says Emilie Amundson of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. That includes teachers, child care providers, police and social workers. What’s happening now seems similar to what researchers found after the 2008 recession: An increased risk of child abuse.

Read the full article here.

 

Resources for IPV & Child Abuse during COVID-19: 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published this document to provide resources regarding intimate partner violence and child abuse during COVID-19.
 
PTACC COVID-19 Resources
Check out our COVID-19 resources for our field! View our website for the updated list of resources.

 
Did you see it?
Article: ICJIA identifies criminal justice challenges related to COVID-19
The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) published the article "The Criminal Justice System and Pandemic Preparedness and Response: Operating in the Age of Coronavirus." This article discusses some of the challenges criminal justice system practitioners must face during the pandemic and offers guidance on policy and practices to ensure their safety. Read the full article here. 
 

Thought Piece: Importance and Implications of Deflection during COVID-19

PTACC Executive Director, Jac A. Charlier and John Rosiak, Principal of Prevention Partnerships partnered on a thought piece, published in The Crime Report, outlining how we can learn from our responses to the opioid epidemic to inform our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read, "Partnerships are Key to Pandemic Response" here
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