Public Order Training is a series of mandatory drills known amongst the officers as Potty Training. The photographs take us inside a Public Order Training facility at RAF Cosford which is based in Wolverhampton. Cosford enables officers to play out scenarios in a controlled environment, giving them the knowledge and confidence to tackle any situation presented to them on the streets. This includes training in large-scale disorders and chemical warfare alongside teaching in Tasers and firearms.
Inside the facility, the space attempts to mimic real life surroundings. With Large cement walls, small claustrophobic rooms and an essence of a functioning society with pub signs and house doors, everything has been designed with an intention.
There are tell-tale signs that give a clear indication that public order training has taken place; these include burn marks, dents and Taser barbs. The images proceed to question why the facility is designed the way it is and what this says about our society.
I would like to formally thank MoD Midland Tactical Training Range for granting me permission to photograph the facility. I would also like to acknowledge PC Nathan Harrison for giving me the opportunity to learn more about the institution and the reasoning behind the strategies. The success of my project is a result of all the support I received.