The Quiet Enemy: How a Pandemic Could Level Law Enforcement!

By Joseph A. Ruffini

Picture this nightmare scenario for a law enforcement administrator. A period of 6 weeks of extreme
crisis, characterized by a 200% increase in violent crimes, a 500% rise in breaking and entering calls, an unprecedented number of 18-wheeler hijackings and daily incidents of assault and battery in local hospitals, doctors’ offices and at grocery stores and gas stations. While all of this is happening, 30% of law enforcement officers are unavailable for duty, unable to respond to calls, incapable of providing security and maintaining general law and order. What’s going on here? It’s called pandemic influenza.

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