BASC trains NI firearms of­fi­cers in bid to im­prove li­cens­ing ser­vice

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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.”

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