As police drag the bottom of even more barrels inÃ‚Â effortsÃ‚Â to save money, several forces have hit upon another spiffing idea to save some cash.
Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire Police are to do away with personal visits for firerams certificate renewals. For many years, when a firearms certificate is due for renewal, the gun-licence owner has received a visit at home from a firearms licencing officer who makes sure no circumstances have changed which would Ã‚Â make the police withhold the licence renewal.
The forces reckon they can save money by not visiting licence-holders, instead they will give them a call on the old dog & bone & renew the licence over the phone. Presumably, the word of the gun owner to say that everything is hunky-dory, the gun is still afe & secure & that he hasn’t had a raging mental breakdown, will be good enough to let him keep the gun/s for another five years.
A spokesman for Hertfordshire Police said that only 0.2% of visits lead to a certificate being withdrawn.
Essex Police will do things differently, they’re gonna renew the licences by writing to people.
Should save a few quid & they can sack some firearms staff. Let’s hope the 0.2% that would have had their certificates removed don’t include another one of these.