Collaboration between Public Health and Law Enforcement: The Constitutional Challenge

Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol. 8, No. 10, p. 1157-1159, October 2002

3 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2011  

Edward P. Richards

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Date Written: July 31, 2002

Abstract

In their article “Collaboration between Public Health and Law Enforcement: New Paradigms and Partnerships for Bioterrorism Planning and Response,” Butler et al. (Emerg Infect Dis 2002;8;1152-6.) present a valuable introduction to the practical problems of coordinating public health and criminal law investigations (1). While this problem is not new in public health, the events of September 11, 2001, have given it a special urgency. This commentary outlines the constitutional constraints on such collaborations, with the objective of helping public health and law-enforcement personnel resolve issues that are not addressed by the article.

Keywords: public health emergency, public health, 9/11,. emergency response, law enforcement, police, forensic epidemiology, epidemiology, evidence

JEL Classification: I18

Suggested Citation

Richards, Edward P., Collaboration between Public Health and Law Enforcement: The Constitutional Challenge (July 31, 2002). Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol. 8, No. 10, p. 1157-1159, October 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1899367

Edward P. Richards (Contact Author)

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Baton Rouge, LA 70803
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