Additional resources for firearms licensing in Cumbria following BASC meeting

The Chief Constable of Cumbria police has committed additional resources to firearms licensing in the region to cut delays for certificate renewals.

BASC’s head of firearms, Martin Parker, met with the Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary, Rob Carden, on Monday 29 April to discuss the service delivered by his force to certificate holders in the region.

The Chief Constable conceded that Cumbria’s performance in firearms licensing fell short of the high standards he demanded of departments within the constabulary.

He has therefore committed additional resources to the department, with a view to resolving their current backlogs by 22 July 2024. Initial progress has been dramatic, with a 30% reduction in outstanding firearms certificate renewals and a 42% reduction in shotgun certificate renewals.

The meeting between BASC and Chief Constable Carden was arranged by Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria, Mike Johnson, following a conversation at BASC’s recent gamekeepers’ day at Swinton Estate.

Martin said: “I was pleased that Chief Constable Carden took time out of his busy schedule to meet with BASC. His approach to the problem was very encouraging and BASC has committed to providing any assistance with training that the force may find useful.”

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