Experiences and perceptions of frontline police officers during the Covid-19 pandemic

Research Institution / Organisation

Liverpool John Moores University

Level of Research

Professional / Work-based

Project Start Date

June 2020

Research Context

The researchers are interested in the experiences and perceptions of frontline / operational / first responder police officers who are actively engaged in policing during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. In-particular they are interested in the effectiveness of strategic planning, the clarity of communication and the impacts of policing the Covid-19 pandemic for those in frontline / operational / first responder policing roles.

Previous research that has critically examined social responses to pandemics has highlighted practical issues communities face dealing with medical mass deaths (e.g. accounts of issues with disposal of the deceased, collaboration between law enforcement agencies and the medical community, etc), as well as the overall impact pandemics have upon society more generally. These studies highlighted issues including a shortage of supplies like Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Other studies have stressed the importance of pandemic planning specifically in policing. However, little is known about frontline / operational / first responder police officer experiences and their perceptions of policing a modern pandemic involving mass deaths.

Most academic studies of pandemics focus on them as a public health problem, but pandemics are a major regional, national and global policing problem. As such, this project will examine frontline / operational / first responder police officer experiences and perceptions during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic to critically examine what worked and what failed in response to emergency calls and day-to-day frontline policing, and how the operationalisation of policing during Covid-19 impacts officers.

The findings from this project are intended to impact policy and operational planning for future pandemic responses through an examination of frontline experiences and perceptions.

Research Methodology

This research is utilising an online survey that has been shared nationally to all frontline police officers.  The research survey can be accessed here

The survey closed on Tuesday 30th June 2020.

Interim reports and publications

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Date due for completion

March 2021
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