Coronavirus, Crime, and Policing
Thoughts on the implications of the lockdown rollercoaster
The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on societies across the world. While much
of the focus has been on the impact on health and financial wellbeing, crime patterns have also
been affected. Correspondingly, police systems, policing, and the legal system within which the
police operate, have also changed, less because of the changing crime pattern and more as the
police have been empowered with policing health. This exploratory discussion looks at how
crime and policing have been affected by the pandemic and speculates about the long-term
impact when societies return to a new normal.
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