Wiltshire Firearms team do it again

tarponhead

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A big thanks to Wiltshire Firearms team, who once again delivered the service that every force area firearms unit should aspire to. I rang them in them in the morning and discussed the 1 for 1 I needed and found out when would be convenient to visit. I turned up at the appointed time, completed the relevant bits of form where I wanted their advice to get it right, in front of them, with home office approved calibres and having a good reason for my choice and within 20 minutes I was back on the road with three slots, plus expanding ammunition allowances.

This was about making it easy for them, but also about making the most of a friendly, well informed and efficient service. And I was careful to say thank you when we were done. Great service, well done Wiltshire Police.
 

JamieDenny

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I used to live in Wiltshire and they are renowned for their amazing service and fair approach. I have never, ever heard anything bad said about the firearms dept.

I sadly live in Kent now which suffers from quite frankly disgusting and worrying levels of backlogs.

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The tramp

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20 minutes, that was slow...

I think my record is less than 4, yes FOUR, From parking up to getting back in the driving seat.

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25 Sharps

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Mines about the same, though I already had the form filled out and had let them know what I wanted on the phone, didn't even have time to sit down and finish a forum post before my ticket was back out.

My FEO. Has changed recently, my old one was very helpful, hoping the new one will be as good
 

Hereford

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As I've said previously, I spoke to A&S about offering this kind of service - they didn't believe me when I told them about what happens in wiltshire - flat out refused to believe that was the case and they would never offer the same type of service.

How can there be such a difference in the same service? The mind boggles :eek:
 

25 Sharps

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As I've said previously, I spoke to A&S about offering this kind of service - they didn't believe me when I told them about what happens in wiltshire - flat out refused to believe that was the case and they would never offer the same type of service.

How can there be such a difference in the same service? The mind boggles :eek:
A mate got told by TVP that the Wilstshire level of service was 'just a myth', I passed this on to my FEO who found it rather interesting as the turnaround figures speak for themselves!
 

kennyc

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As I've said previously, I spoke to A&S about offering this kind of service - they didn't believe me when I told them about what happens in wiltshire - flat out refused to believe that was the case and they would never offer the same type of service.

How can there be such a difference in the same service? The mind boggles :eek:
I got the same response from TVP
 

tarponhead

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Maybe BASC could take it up with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Police and Crime Commissioners of force areas that don't provide Wiltshire levels of service.

As another idea, why don't they offer voluntary posts to suitable FAC holders, overseen and audited by current full time staff, who would understand the practical issues, become familiar with Home office guidelines and get the job done. I'd happily do some voluntary work if it helped my fellow enthusiasts out and made the process easier.
 

Lord V

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Maybe BASC could take it up with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Police and Crime Commissioners of force areas that don't provide Wiltshire levels of service.

As another idea, why don't they offer voluntary posts to suitable FAC holders, overseen and audited by current full time staff, who would understand the practical issues, become familiar with Home office guidelines and get the job done. I'd happily do some voluntary work if it helped my fellow enthusiasts out and made the process easier.
I read a few weeks ago that one police force was trying to recruit civilian pedophile hunters (bear with me here) as specials. The idea being, "carry on doing what you are doing, just from a police station and we will do our best to ensure the evidence collected is within the law"

Anyway, I did wonder why this couldn't be extended to processing FAC and SGC's. Im sure more than a few would happily enrol as specials for this specific purpose. The above shows it can be done.
 

69chris

Active Member
My FEO. Has changed recently, my old one was very helpful, hoping the new one will be as good
same here, just moved from swindon to melksham so have a new feo, dont know who yet but hoping he/she is similar to the last who was always a very fair, approachable and realistic person to deal with :)
 

25 Sharps

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same here, just moved from swindon to melksham so have a new feo, dont know who yet but hoping he/she is similar to the last who was always a very fair, approachable and realistic person to deal with :)
You have the same FEO as I do now, hopefully he's as good as the others!
 

anser

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A big thanks to Wiltshire Firearms team, who once again delivered the service that every force area firearms unit should aspire to. I rang them in them in the morning and discussed the 1 for 1 I needed and found out when would be convenient to visit. I turned up at the appointed time, completed the relevant bits of form where I wanted their advice to get it right, in front of them, with home office approved calibres and having a good reason for my choice and within 20 minutes I was back on the road with three slots, plus expanding ammunition allowances.

This was about making it easy for them, but also about making the most of a friendly, well informed and efficient service. And I was careful to say thank you when we were done. Great service, well done Wiltshire Police.
I live in Wiltshire, and can only echo the comments above. I have always received an outstanding service from the Firearms Licensing Department, significantly better than the other Counties I have lived in.
 

25 Sharps

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You have the same FEO as I do now, hopefully he's as good as the others!
PS decided last Wednesday to add a 7.62 x54 for targe use, found a rifle so called up Friday, appointment pm Monday, back in the office with a shiny new FAC by 2:20 PM, outstanding as always.
 

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