This is a checklist to prepare yourself for monitoring public events or incidents like police conflict, community conflict, and registration and voting for elections:
What are your rights as a monitor; the procedure for making complaints; where the nearest police station is; the background to the event; what the area looks like; names of organisations working in the area, and services you can can call on for support.
Stationery for recording the event; incident sheets; useful contact numbers; your ID; money, and a camera.
Dress appropriately with an armband or identification card to identify you as a monitor, but no activist badges or t-shirt.
Know the plans for the event and establish a communication network within your organisation, and with other organisations.