Lively li­cence

The Field - - Opening Shots -

I re­cently re­ceived a let­ter from Thames Val­ley Po­lice invit­ing me to re­new my li­cences. I re­ceived two iden­ti­cal let­ters as I have a firearm and a shot­gun. The pur­pose, the let­ter ex­plained, was to help smooth the flow of an­nual re­newal ap­pli­ca­tions so that they can process them faster. The in­cen­tive was to have each done for just £25.

I com­pleted both ap­pli­ca­tions and at­tached two che­ques.

The next day I re­ceived a text in­form­ing me that my ap­pli­ca­tion had been re­ceived and was be­ing pro­cessed. The day af­ter that I re­ceived an email in­form­ing me that they’d torn-up one of my che­ques as they’d be pro­cess­ing the ap­pli­ca­tions si­mul­ta­ne­ously so there­fore just charg­ing one fee: bar­gain!

At this rate, I ex­pect my new li­cences will be in my hand in about a week, which is ex­tra­or­di­nary con­sid­er­ing that in the past we’ve all had to wait sev­eral months some­times for ap­pli­ca­tions to be pro­cessed.

Credit where it’s due: the po­lice are clearly try­ing hard to im­prove and ap­pear to have made great progress in their firearms pro­cess­ing meth­ods. Mark Livesey

Sut­ton Courte­nay, Ox­ford­shire

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