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COVID-19 Pandemic News & Resources: Issue #9

TO: Virginia Law Enforcement

We hope you find this ninth round-up of COVID-19 related information helpful. Please continue to reach out to us for clarifications on orders and assistance with issues as they arise. Contact VACP Executive Director Dana Schrad at dana@vachiefs.org or 804-338-9512.

You can find all the previous COVID-19 round-ups at https://www.vachiefs.org/blog_home.asp.

COVID-19 Assistance Grants Available from First Responders Children's Foundation

Thanks to the success of the iHeart Living Room Concert for America, the First Responders Children's Foundation (https://1strcf.org/) is able to provide a number of COVID-19 Assistance Grants to first responders, their families, and public safety agencies.

Available COVID-19 Assistance Grants

  • $1,000 grants for first responders with financial hardship caused by COVID-19
  • Funeral expenses for first responders who have died from COVID-19
  • Community grants to public safety agencies affected by COVID-19
  • College scholarships for children of first responders who have died or are disabled
SEE THE FLYER FOR MORE INFORMATION & APPLY FOR FUNDING

Axon Announces Campaign to Provide 1 Million Masks to First Responders

Partners with National Police Foundation to launch #GotYouCovered crowdfunding initiative

Editor's Note: The following is a letter from Rick Smith, CEO of Axon, to all Axon employees and their Board, announcing their new fundraising initiative and how people can participate. You might want to share the "How You Can Help" section to your social media outlets so members of your community can participate.
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Hi Everyone,

I hope this email finds you safe and healthy. These past few weeks have certainly been filled with challenges. People across the globe have lost their jobs and their financial security, but more importantly they have lost family members, friends, and colleagues to circumstances largely out of their control. We have tried to be as efficient and effective in providing support to those in need during this time, and to that end I would like to announce the #GotYouCovered campaign [PRESS RELEASE].

Today through May 31, 2020, Axon will match up to $500,000 of donations to the National Police Foundation to help send one million medical masks to first responders.

Huge shoutout to Isabella Giannini and Mike Wagers who first posed the idea of sourcing PPE for first responders and implemented our initial PPE program. In the last 12 hours, we’ve received over 1300 requests from agencies requesting PPE. The #GotYouCovered campaign is a direct result and extension of their efforts, thank you for Being Obsessed and Aiming Far.

How You Can Help
[COMPLETELY OPTIONAL, feel free to also simply share the campaign if you feel so inclined]

  1. Make a donation at: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/got-you-covered
  2. Take a picture holding a sign with the hashtag #gotyoucovered on your post. Right now it’s estimated that each face mask costs around $0.65 cents, so if you’d like to give a number to how many people you’ve “covered” that’s cool too. 
  3. Post on your social channels! In your body copy for the social post, please include the hashtag and the link to the donation page, which is: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/got-you-covered

Our mission is more important now than ever. I hope each and every one of you rests a little easier during times like these knowing that you are making a positive impact. We as a company will continue to weather the storm and do all we can to Protect Life.

Stay healthy,
Rick

REMINDER: Sign up to receive hand santizer, surgical masks, and powder free latex gloves at https://www.axon.com/news/covid-19-axon-supplies. Agencies need not be current Axon customers to apply.

VSP Cancels Basic Drug Diversion School

Unfortunately, the Virginia State Police and the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators have had to cancel the Basic School scheduled for June 8-10, 2020, in Portsmouth, Virginia.  This cancelation is due to the COVID-19 virus.  I will contact you in the future with new dates.
 
Thank you for your interest in our school. Take care and stay safe!
 
First Sergeant John D. Welch 
Virginia State Police
Drug Diversion Coordinator 
804-674-2809 
john.welch@vsp.virginia.gov

CISA UPDATE: Interim Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to COVID-19

Partners, 
  
Please find linked below an important update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) regarding the continued health, safety, and protection of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers who may have been exposed to COVID-19. These two important informational products include Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 and a quick reference of the Do’s and Don’ts for employers and employees related to COVID-19 exposures.
 
While the Interim Guidance specifically calls attention to critical infrastructure workers serving in the specific capacities and functions, as below, the guidance can apply to all critical infrastructure workers with the exception of Healthcare Providers who are covered under separate guidance.
  • Federal, state, & local law enforcement
  • 911 call center employees
  • Fusion Center employees
  • Hazardous material responders from the government and the private sector
  • Janitorial staff and other custodial staff
  • Workers – including contracted vendors – in food and agriculture, critical manufacturing, informational technology, transportation, energy and government facilities
Employers should implement the recommendations in the Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers, to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019, to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
 
Please continue to monitor the CDC website for the most current medical guidance.
 
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CDC_CISA_Flyer_Essential_Critical_Workers_Dos_and_Donts_COVID19.pdf
CDC_CISA_Interim_Guidance_Critical_Workers_Safety_Practices_COVID19.pdf

Virginia Fusion Center Highlights "Securing the Home Workspace" (Revised 4/9/20)

Please see the unclassified attached document regarding steps that can be taken to secure the home work space. Wide dissemination is encouraged. 
 
Virginia Fusion Center
804-674-2196

National Police Foundation Encourages Agencies to Continue to Submit Data to COVID-19 LE Impact Dashboard

Visit the dashboard, add your agency's data at https://www.policefoundation.org/covid-19/

REMINDER: Free COVID-19 Resources from VACP Partners

No-Cost Virtual Training ($59 Scholarship)

MAGNUS Well-being, Part 2:
Strengths, Challenges and Coping in the time of COVID-19

Apr 13, 2020 • 1:00 PM – Eastern Time 

BE RESILIENT | BE ANTI-FRAGILE | BE ALERT | BE WELL 

Overview:  That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Our greatest test, as individuals, families and communities, comes in times of crisis. In the current crisis, our leadership and coping tools are being tested. The outcome of these tests is a function of our brain fitness. This seminar will describe the various elements of brain fitness: the equilibrating factors that determine mood, motivation, mental performance, social orientation and resilience. At the conclusion of the seminar you will be offered a free assessment of these variables and the opportunity to monitor these over time.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Mitch Javidi, Ph.D., Chancellor, National Command College
  • Dr. Antonio Ocana, MD, MSc
  • Dr. Terry Anderson, Chief Leadership Officer, International Academy of Public Safety & President, Anderson Corporate and Executive Coaching, Inc.
Register Now

Peer support programs have gained considerable traction in law enforcement, but in many agencies, their success is limited by officer distrust and lack of leadership commitment. Yet peer support is critical to addressing the emotional and mental impact of a law enforcement career.  

Join Chief Ken Wallentine and Barry Toone for a practical discussion of the benefits of peer support, legal issues related to confidentiality and privilege, and the intersection of peer support and clinical resources. 

You’ll learn: 

  • The benefit of integrating clinical advisory resources into your peer support team 
  • How officers and peer support team members can navigate issues of privacy, confidentiality and privilege in the peer support context
  • Essential training components for peer support team members
  • Strategies for building officer trust in and use of the program

Register today!
Registration is free. Can't make it? Register anyway and Lexipol will send you a recording after the event. 
 
Questions? Contact Lexipol.
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