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MET Police Independant Advisory Group

posted 16 Oct 2015, 02:39 by Tony Cattermole
The following press release was issued by the Metropolitan Police's Firearms Enquiry Team (FET) following the meeting on 6th October at which I was present for HBSA and David Penn for BSSC.

We are very pleased with this positive and useful initiative from SCO19 and Insp Roger Arditti

Derek Stimpson

The inaugural meeting of the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) of the Metropolitan Police's Firearms Enquiry Team (FET) took place on Tuesday, 6 October. The meeting was held at the Empress State Building in London and was attended by representatives of The British Shooting Sports Council, The British Association for Shooting and Conversation, The British Deer Society, The National Rifle Association, The National Small Bore Rifle Association and The Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association.

The purpose of the IAG is threefold. First, it provides a medium through which the concerns and issues of the shooting community can be channelled to the Met's FET. Second, it provides a significant repository of knowledge and expertise in all the key shooting disciplines upon which members can draw. Third, it provides a means through which the police can inform the key shooting groups of developments and points of issue.

The group will meet every six months.

Chief Supt Mike Gallagher of the Specialist Firearms Command said: "The development of the IAG for Firearms Licensing in London is an exciting and innovative development which will help foster mutual understanding, help manage risk and enhance the service we provide to the shooting community."
The FET will shortly be moving to a new office and would like to assure shooting communities that disruption to service will be kept to a minimum and that the electronic mailbox FETLondonall@met.police.uk will continue to be monitored during office hours.