Dr Abigail Dymond

External Engagement and Impact

 I engage in a range of impact and engagement activities alongside my research, focusing on ensuring that the use of force and weaponry by State agents is appropriate, accountable and informed by the best available evidence and human rights standards.  This includes working part-time for the UK NGO the Omega Research Foundation and conducting the following activities:

At the national level my activities include:

  • (2016 to present) Member of the College of Policing’s Guideline Review Committee, established to draft a new nationwide police policy (also referred to as Authorised Professional Practice) on the Safer Resolution  of potentially violent incidents, and to act as a pilot trialling a new, evidence-based, consultative way of developing Authorised Professional Practice in future.  Further information about the Committee can be found here: https://www.app.college.police.uk/about-app/guideline-committee/safer-resolution-supporting-officers-and-staff-to-manage-conflict-without-force/ 
  • (2015 to present) Member of the Programme Board providing high level strategic oversight to the Police Use of Force Reporting Review, announced by the Rt Hon, Theresa May, when she was Home Secretary, and tasked with developing a nationwide system of data collection for police forces.  I am also a member of the Project Team, and was also commissioned to conduct a survey of current practices by police forces and to produce policy recommendations (please see my publications page for further details).  Further information about the system of data collection introduced following the review can be found here: https://homeofficemedia.blog.gov.uk/2017/07/08/the-home-offices-response-on-police-use-of-force-data/ .   
  • I am also working on a project, together with colleagues at the College of Policing and UCL to analyse the data collected through the use of force reporting review; futher information can be found here:http://www.npcc.police.uk/ThePoliceChiefsBlog/Publishinguseofforcedataisagreatstepforwardforforp.aspx 
  • (2016) Engagement with the Home Affairs Select Committee.  Working with a coalition of NGOs, I initiated and drafted a joint letter and subsequent advocacy initiatives calling on the Home Affairs Select Committee to conduct an enquiry into police use of Taser.
  • (2015) Taser Experts Meeting. I conceptualised and organised this meeting attended by the Home Office, NPCC, police, industry, the IPCC, NGOs, lawyers and academics (March 2015, London).  Further information about the meeting can be found here: 
  • (2013 – 2015) Member of the Metropolitan Police Taser Reference Group.  Appointed to provide independent scrutiny and oversight of the Force’s use of Taser and policy decisions.

At the international level, my activities include:

  • (2017 to present) Being an Invited Speaker at the ‘Expert Seminar on Current Challenges to Human Rights: Policing of Assemblies, Use of Force and Accountability’ organised by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. This meeting served as a consultation for Special Rapporteur’s forthcoming report to the UN General Assembly on the topic, providing an opportunity to input into the text (May 2017, Geneva).  I was subseqeuntly invited to feed into a draft version of the Special Rapporteur's report, and the final version--which references my PhD research on Taser--can be found here: http://undocs.org/A/72/178 
  • (2017 to present) Invited to present to the UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture’s (SPT) 32rd Session, focusing on my research on the use of less lethal weapons and restraints in places of detention and opportunities for further collaboration with the Committee.  (June 2017, Geneva).  I am currently working alongside the SPT and with the Omega Research Foundation to produce a Practical Manual to assist torture prevention bodies and detention monitors to document the use of weapons and restraints in places of detention.
  • (2014) ‘UK research on Taser’ A Presentation to Taser International (including to the Chief Executive and Senior Management Board).  November 2014, Taser International HQ, Arizona.

My media work includes:

  • Local TV work: Interviewed on BBC Points West (January 2017).
  • National radio work: Interviewed on Radio 4 PM (July 2016)
  • Local radio work: Interviewed on a range of local BBC radio stations
  • Research and impact work featured in national newspapers (The Independent)
  • Local print media (the Bristol Post, Exeter Express and Echo)
  • Speciality Press (Police Oracle and Police Professional).

I am often asked to give talks on Impact Work to academic audiences, including PhD students and Early Career Researchers.  Talks given to date include:

  • (2017) 'Researching alongside the police' Rising to the Challenge of having an impact with your research; University of Exeter.
  • (2016) 'Police use of Taser: A case study of Impact work by an Early Career Researcher' internal Business School event at the University of Exeter.  
  • (2016) 'Impact Work and the PhD: Tips for PhD students' Internal event for PhD researchers in Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, University of Exeter.  
  • (2016) 'From PhD to Policy? A case study of Police Use of Force in England and Wales.  Great Ideas Start with Discussion; University of Exeter, May 2016 
  • (2015) ‘Doing Policy Engagement: How to have an Impact’ How to work with policy makers from both national and local government; Uni. of Bath, December 2015.
  • (2015) 'Doing interdisciplinary research and impact work' Presentation to students on MA Security, Conflict and Justice; University of Bath.
  • (2014) Ethical issues in doctoral research and impact work. Presentation to Law School MRes students; University of Bristol.