Joint criminal and epidemiological investigation handbook. 2015 domestic edition
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Joint criminal and epidemiological investigation handbook. 2015 domestic edition

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    This handbook was developed to facilitate the use of resources and maximize communication and interaction between law enforcement and public health. This combined effort can minimize potential barriers prior to and during the response to a biological threat.

    Specifically, this handbook aims to:

    • Provide an overview of both law enforcement and public health to enhance the appreciation and understanding of each discipline’s expertise

    • Discuss criminal and epidemiological investigational procedures and methodologies for a response to a biological threat

    • Identify challenges to sharing information and provide potential solutions that may be adapted to meet the needs of the various agencies and jurisdictions

    • Demonstrate effective law enforcement and public health collaboration

    Law enforcement and public health are encouraged to read the entire handbook and not limit their review to just their respective sections. It is important to take the time to understand the different goals and needs of each other’s organization before a suspicious biological event occurs. Doing so, will enable law enforcement and public health personnel to more effectively respond in a coordinated manner during a biological threat.

    While both disciplines have varying objectives and protocols, both public health and law enforcement ultimately share three common concerns:

    • Early identification of an outbreak

    • Determining whether the outbreak is intentional or naturally occurring

    • Protecting public health and public safety

    Even with these common concerns, each discipline may be hesitant to share information because of actual or perceived limitations or barriers. Identifying and resolving these issues in advance of a biological threat will help facilitate more effective dialogue and information exchange, thereby increasing the likelihood of identifying an incident and protecting public health and safety in a more efficient manner. Simply put, working together helps both law enforcement and public health achieve their separate but often overlapping goals and ultimately allows for a more effective and efficient response to a biological threat.

    The 2015 edition of the Criminal and Epidemiological Investigation Handbook has been updated to reflect current Federal policies and includes modifications based upon experiences gained since the previous version was published.



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