Going equipped

Going equipped is a new publication for sharing policing ideas, practice and insights. It is written by policing for policing. With a focus on reaching frontline officers, all contributions are authored by officers and staff and are reviewed by their peers.

Issue 3 of Going equipped will be published from 1 December. Look out for articles on our website.

Issue 2 was published in May 2021 and includes three practice notes covering use of emergency trauma packs, deployment of a team of proactive CSE focused Specials and a summer camp designed to engage school children and reduce their vulnerability to gang and knife crime.  

Issue 2 also includes longer reads based on academic study carried out by police officers. In Issue 2 our two long-reads are based on a master's dissertation on modern slavery investigations and an undergraduate dissertation on 'the silent treatment' which covers the discomfort experienced by interviewers during no comment interviews.

Shorter reads focus on hyper-local problem solving, reflections on a homeless man in custody, five things about romance fraud and handover notes from a PCSO to a response PC. Spotlight on a role gives a perspective about being a forensic practitioner and a day in the shift of is contributed by a communications officer – both provide insights into working during Covid-19. We have two new formats – a book review about 'Crossing the Line' by John Sutherland and a Q&A between a new detective constable and a retired Head of CID.

We've published these in phases on our website, why not go and check them out?

Although Going equipped is published by the College, it is a forum for officers and staff to share ideas, practice, reflections and their own research. Our editorial input is minimal and we anticipate that its content will be generated completely by those working in policing. The aim of Going equipped is to share authentic voices from policing in their own words – as much as possible.

Our Editor in Chief is Superintendent Katy Barrow-Grint from Thames Valley Police (TVP), she has invited varied contributions and offers help to review future articles:

"Going equipped' has been created to allow a wide range of peer-to-peer insights across policing at all roles and ranks, with a clear operational and frontline focus. It is written by you, for you. Anyone can contribute and that is why this publication will be so valuable going forward."


Going equipped Issue 1: Summer/Autumn 2020​ Going equipped Issue 2: Spring/Summer 2021


Writing ability or confidence shouldn't be a barrier we have coaches from the police service ready to step in and help. We have a growing pool of volunteers to review contributions in a supportive and constructive way and have developed some general guidance for anybody who is interested in becoming a peer reviewer.

Please get in touch with the team with any questions Goingequipped@college.pnn.police.uk.


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