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.

Going equipped is a new publication written, reviewed and edited by a range of police officers and staff. It focusses on sharing ideas, practise and insights from policing, but how can you be involved?  

The first issue has contributions from 11 police officers and staff. Shorter reads include a shift in the life of a Forward Intelligence Officer policing Extinction Rebellion protests, five things about bitcoin and a spotlight on the role of a Specialist Tactical Firearms Commander. Two practice notes describe the use of body worn video for voluntary attendance interviews during the pandemic and recruiting a more diverse workforce.

Each issue will also include longer reads based on academic study carried out by police officers. In the summer/autumn 2020 issue these are both concerned with police welfare when responding to potentially traumatic investigations. The first focuses on the impact of domestic abuse for both police officers and victims and the second examines the effect on wellbeing of investigating child abuse images.

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

Although Going equipped is published by the College, our intention is that it becomes 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 the 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."


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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