As COVID-19 continues to impact communities across the country, police officers are enforcing new local mandates in addition to their regular responsibilities. When assessing line of duty deaths (LODDs) for 2020, COVID-19 was found to cause more LODDs for law enforcement officers than all other causes combined.
Research by the Officer Down Memorial Page and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) linked COVID-19 to more than 100 line of duty deaths so far this year.
To protect citizens and officers, safety and prevention must be top of mind. That’s why Vector Solutions created multiple resources for COVID-19 and training courses available to law enforcement agencies at no cost.
2020 Line of Duty Deaths for Law Enforcement
According to Officer Down, the country has lost more than 100 law enforcement professionals this year after contracting COVID-19 on the job. This number compares to the 82 other officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2020 (with gunfire as the second leading cause of LODDs).
While LODDs are down overall in 2020, the NLEOMF indicates this number of COVID-related deaths will likely increase as they continue to review cases.
Complimentary COVID-19 Resources for Law Enforcement
Vector Solutions selected its most relevant online training to help law enforcement officers stay safe during this unprecedented time. With this complimentary training, law enforcement officers can better equip themselves for the challenges ahead.
Available through the TargetSolutions system, these courses highlight relevant topics such as PPE, decontamination and transportation; the mechanics of breathing; respiratory emergencies and workplace stress.
While some courses were developed specifically for COVID-19, many of these complimentary courses were made accessible from Vector Solutions’ accredited EMS training library. The EMS courses are approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) – meaning lessons deliver the most up-to-date, practical information for personnel.
To access this complimentary training, please fill out this form.