BASC

Once again, the spot­light is on our lo­cal po­lice forces as Garry Doolan looks at the stats from this year. How long does it take, on av­er­age, for your force to com­plete a li­cence ap­pli­ca­tion?

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The pub­li­ca­tion of BASC’s li­cens­ing league ta­ble last year ap­pears to have been just the kick up the back­side needed by some po­lice forces. Granted, no­body dare claim all is well, but af­ter com­plet­ing our sec­ond an­nual anal­y­sis of li­cens­ing in Eng­land and Wales, BASC has found some forces have clearly taken size­able steps to im­prove. This ta­ble shows this year’s stats, with last year’s num­bers in­cluded in brack­ets.

In the last 12 months, BASC has worked hard with firearms li­cens­ing de­part­ments to of­fer as­sis­tance and ac­cess to the ex­per­tise of their full-time firearms team. Credit where it is due, cer­tain forces have achieved sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tions in turn­around times, namely Kent, War­wick­shire, West Mer­cia, Es­sex, Hamp­shire, Greater Man­ches­ter and Thames Val­ley.

Na­tion­ally, BASC’s lat­est re­search shows the mean av­er­age for FAC grants to be 69 days. This rep­re­sents im­prove­ment over the pre­vi­ous av­er­age of 88 days. SGC grants av­er­aged 68 days com­pared with 86 days pre­vi­ously. Coter­mi­nous grants av­er­aged 63 days with no pre­vi­ous data to com­pare.

Re­newals also show an over­all im­prove­ment in turn­around times, with FACs be­ing pro­cessed in an av­er­age of 53 days, down from 65 days pre­vi­ously. SGC re­newals were bet­ter still, show­ing a 43 day av­er­age com­pared with 63 days at last re­view. Coter­mi­nous re­newals av­er­aged 52 days.

While some forces have raised their game, others have slid into the red. Most no­tably, the wheel ap­pears to have come off in quite spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion in South Wales. They have added al­most 100 days to the time taken to re­new an FAC and need al­most twice as long as the pre­vi­ous year to turn around a shot­gun re­newal. If you’re un­for­tu­nate enough to live in their force area and have ap­plied for an ini­tial grant, it may be a long time com­ing.

Many ap­pli­cants should have ex­pe­ri­enced faster ap­pli­ca­tions this year

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