Cynthia Lum, Professor and Director, Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, Criminology, Law and Society, and Christopher Koper, Principal Fellow and Associate Professor, Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, Criminology, Law and Society, are conducting analyses to help the Fairfax County Police Department prepare, prevent, and respond to ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19.

As part of this effort, Mason researchers are assessing the impacts of COVID-19 on crimes, disorders, and other public safety concerns; assessing the impact of the virus on patrol and investigative operations as well as human resources; and examining how COVID-19 has impacted police-community interactions. The goal of this case study will be to describe the agency’s response and document ideas and lessons learned for a national audience.

The researchers received $236,663 from the Bureau of Justice Assistance for this project. Funding began in August 2020 and will end in late January 2021.

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