Firearms and Explosives Licensing – Continuous Professional Development

05 September 2019
College of Policing, Leamington Road, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry, CV8 3EN
Managed By: Joe Cooke:


​This year’s event will focus heavily on the Firearms Licensing Learning Standards developed by FELWG and the College of Policing and introduced at last year’s event.  We would like to ‘go live’ with the implementation of these standards and the requisite completion of portfolios after the event.  There will be an introduction on how to gather and verify evidence by the College and an opportunity to discuss implementation with pilot forces who have already begun the process.  There is an online portfolio facility to assist provided by ‘City and Guilds’ which will be introduced to you on the day.

The rest of the event is again designed to support Continuous Professional Development in accordance with ‘Authorised Professional Practice’.  It is suitable for holders of a Chief Officers delegated authority, Strategic Leaders, Managers and Supervisors who are required to make decisions in grants, refusals, renewals, revocations and variations of Firearm / Shotgun certificates.

It will be a chance to develop knowledge, understanding and enhanced customer focus in critical areas of decision making.  There will be opportunities to discuss new developments, national good practice and process improvements.  Inputs from external parties and stakeholders have been introduced to deliver a balanced perspective on the issues discussed.

The event is designed to support the HMIC review by fostering cooperation and information sharing between forces with a view to improving consistency of service delivery.  With this in mind, the format will be a series of key note speeches followed by smaller workshops providing discussion and networking opportunities. 

Speaker detail

  • Opening address, Strategic Briefing and Workshop - ACC Orford
  • Guns and Mental Health – Dr Elizabeth Flynn (Consultant, Lothian NHS – Forensic Mental Health Services)
  • Training – Internal Verification and Methodology – Sue Graham (College of Policing, Dr Frank Pike
  • FEO Internal Verification Case studies
  • Merseyside RFD Operation debrief
  • NFLMS – Darren Miller
  • Registered Firearms Dealers & Auction Houses – Mark Groothius
  • City and Guilds Portfolio Guide
  • Q&A Session  - Home Office and Working Group leads

If you would like to speak or contribute to the event please contact Joe Cooke by email:

Contact Details

​Please complete the booking form if you wish to attend.

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