North York­shire Shoot­ing Show – firearms li­cens­ing pres­ence a suc­cess!

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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.”

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