BASC trains NI firearms officers in bid to improve licensing service
BASC has given training to 26 members of staff from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) who are involved in the firearms licensing service, in a bid to enhance their appreciation of firearms licensing from the shooter’s perspective.
The training was given to firearms enquiry officers (FEOs), senior firearms licensing managers (SFLMs) and a number of other senior firearms and explosives branch (FEB) staff members.
The three-day training course covered shooting seasons, quarry species, and the need for sound moderators, culminating in a practical day spent on a rifle range.
Michaela Fox, PSNI senior explosives liaison officer, commented: “BASC provided some very informative training in an informal setting which facilitated a lot of discussion about our different perspectives. I hope this is the beginning of a more collaborative working relationship going forwards.”
Oliver McCullough, a member of BASC Council and chairman of the BASC Northern Ireland Advisory Committee, added: “Cooperation is based on relationships and a shared understanding of respective viewpoints. I welcome this joint approach.”