In autumn 2020 we launched Going equipped – a new publication written and edited by people working in policing, for policing. Following positive feedback, we are now delighted to introduce our second issue.
Our Spring/Summer 21 issue of Going equipped is published today (27 April 2021). Issue 2 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. 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. All written contributions are from people working in policing and all articles have been peer reviewed by a colleague from a different force. Editor-in-Chief, Superintendent Katy Barrow-Grint (@ktbg1) from Thames Valley Police, explains 'this edition is a fabulous read, highlighting the excellent work of officers and staff across the country who are committed to sharing their innovations and learning, and ensuring advancements in evidence based practice are accessible to all. I would encourage you to read Going equipped and share it widely with your colleagues and with your social media connections, and get in touch if you would like to write for our next edition.'The articles will be published on our website over the next few weeks and a full pdf version is now available to download here. Follow @CollegeofPolice for updates. We hope that you enjoy the range of content in this issue as much as the first, and welcome any feedback as we plan for the third issue in the autumn. 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 acting as a peer reviewer, please get in touch at Goingequipped@college.pnn.police.uk
Previous Going equipped articles can be found on our website.