Police set up new panel to help shooters

An advisory panel aiming to improve cooperation and communication between police firearms teams and shooting organisations has been set up by the Metropolitan Police. The Independent Advisory Group (IAG) of the Met’s firearms enquiry team will meet every six months with the purpose of providing a medium through which the concerns of the shooting community can shared with the police. The IAG will be a repository of expertise in the key shooting disciplines for police consultation, and a channel through which shooting organisations can be informed of developments and issues from the police perspective.

Chief Supt Mike Gallagher of the specialist firearms command described the move as “an exciting and innovative development which will help foster mutual understanding, help manage risk and enhance the service we provide to the shooting community.”

BASC senior firearms officer Mike Eveleigh said: “Our relationship with the Metropolitan Police firearms enquiry team has been improving steadily over the past few years. This now formalises that relationship and involves other shooting organisations who have expertise in areas such as target shooting and firearm collecting.”

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