One morning while sitting in my study, I listen to the rain as it hit the roof, and watching out the window as the droplets were sparkling on the leaves. I thought how peaceful and calm, all was right in our world. Then my mind would shift to just a few nights ago at my local police department, where many officers had been called back to work, because of threats of violence and protest. This came with long hours at work over several days for many of them. This was playing out all over the country.
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Like many of you during this COVID-19 pandemic, I am trying to find ways to cope and make the best of things while staying at home and limiting any unnecessary travel. It reminds me of the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. He plays Phil Connors, a cynical TV weatherman who is dispatched to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to do an annual puff piece on Groundhog Day. You know the story: Once there, he finds himself trapped in a time warp, living out the same 24 hours over and over again. Does this sound familiar to some of you?
More police are getting coronavirus, that could be bad news for public safety in the US
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White supremacists encouraging their members to spread coronavirus to cops, Jews, FBI says
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Police tread lightly as pandemic spreads
Facing sweeping new safety orders, a frightened public and health risks of close contact, many police departments have decided that, for now, less is more. by Shaila Dewan, Vanessa Swales and Neil Vigdor If you have a fender bender in Nashville these days, chances are you’ll be filing your report by phone. In Philadelphia, the police are trying not […]
Police departments across the nation are changing how they respond during the coronavirus pandemic
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect nearly every area of life, law enforcement agencies around the country are changing the ways they respond to service calls to reduce officers’ contact with possible carriers of the virus. Police officers and other law enforcement personnel come into contact with countless people in their communities on any given day. Now that this […]
Self-isolation orders pit civil liberties against public good in coronavirus pandemic
by David Welna When local health officers issued simultaneous orders on March 16 for all residents of seven counties in the San Francisco Bay area to “shelter at their place of residence,” Arnab Mukherjea thought it was “a bit draconian” for him as well as his wife and two young children. “Let’s be honest, this is pain, […]
How to stay psychologically resilient during coronavirus crisis
As the news about the coronavirus pandemic becomes grimmer, and governments and businesses issue closing or work-from-home directives, many of us are experiencing a variety of negative emotions.