North Yorkshire Shooting Show – firearms licensing presence a success!
The team at The Northern Shooting Show managed to set a new benchmark for the presence of police firearms licensing teams, with no less than three forces in attendance to meet with shooters and discuss their needs and queries.
As well as discussing their services, local force North Yorkshire Police set up their computer system on site, allowing them to process 77 variations, seven grants and 53 grant reviews in situ at the show; Yorkshire Police are credited in surveys as being one of the most efficient nationally.
Durham Police, also regarded highly in national reports, were one of the three forces in attendance and are hoping to return for the 2018 show and process applications on site as well. They will be joined by Lincolnshire Police who expect to be able to offer full services including variations and interviews using their new state-of-the-art computerised licensing system, which should be online by then.
Paul Whitelam of the North Yorkshire Shooting Show said: “When we approached Dave Coutts, head of the North Yorkshire Police Firearms Licensing Department, with the idea for the 2016 show, he jumped at the chance to be proactive and do something not done before.
“It’s great that Durham, Lincolnshire and West Yorkshire also want to do the same thing for 2018. We will be speaking to more forces throughout the year to see if we can encourage them to provide their users with the same level of service.”