14 August 2020

First issue of Going equipped is published

Going equipped is a new publication for policing. Its focus is on sharing ideas, practice and insights within policing. All of the content is written and reviewed by police officers and staff and the Editorial Board has members from across policing.

​This week the first issue of Going equipped is launched on our website. Content includes contributions from officers and staff in varied roles and ranks – all with a particular focus on issues affecting frontline policing. 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 diverse workforce.

The issue also includes 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.

Editor in Chief, Superintendent Katy Barrow-Grint from Thames Valley Police (TVP), welcomes the new publication and invites contributions and offers of 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."


We hope that you enjoy the range of content in this issue and welcome your feedback as we plan for the second issue in Spring 2021. If you are a police officer or member of police staff and are interested in finding out how you can get involved, for example by writing about an idea, your role, your academic study or as a peer reviewer, please get in touch at Goingequipped@college.pnn.police.uk.

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