PCC John Campion regularly hears from communities across West Mercia about the frustrations they feel at the length of time it’s taking to get a new or renew a firearms licence.
Significantly concerned about the deteriorating performance of West Mercia Police’s Firearms Licensing Unit, the PCC has sought reassurance from Chief Constable Pippa Mills.
In March, the PCC made an additional £200,000 into the unit as the average wait for the issue of firearms, and shotgun licences were 230 days and 251 days respectively.
Despite the investment and the PCC sharing West Mercia Police’s uncompromising focus on public safety, there has been a decline in overall performance.
To ensure this issue is addressed, the PCC is seeking assurance from the Chief Constable that West Mercia Police will be able to make significant improvements by setting out a clear plan over the next few weeks.