AIMING TO SAVE POLICE MONEY; Three Forces Are Cutting Costs by Collaborating and Sharing a New Firearms Training Unit - and They'll Give It Their Best Shot

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AIMING TO SAVE POLICE MONEY; Three Forces Are Cutting Costs by Collaborating and Sharing a New Firearms Training Unit - and They'll Give It Their Best Shot


Byline: Sion Morgan

A JOINT firearms training unit has been established at South Wales Police's headquarters - which aims to save three forces around pounds 750,000.

The new unit will also be used by the Dyfed-Powys and Gwent forces.

The unit will bring together firearms training specialists from the three forces at Waterton, Bridgend, where 24 officers and members of staff will give firearms training to command, specialist and armed response vehicle officers.

Leading the collaboration, Jeff Farrar, deputy chief constable of Gwent Police, said the move would provide increased access to resources and expertise while creating savings through training delivery and shared equipment costs.

He said: "The project is aimed at three things in the main.

"One is about improving the service that we deliver at the moment.

"The second is to make us more inter-operable, which means doing things the same way, training people the same way across the board, making sure officers are deployed in the same way.

"And the final thing is the need to reduce cost.

"We know that our per annum savings are going to be in the region of three quarters of a million pounds for three forces.

"Previously we had three firearms ranges and three training teams.

"So we've centralised in Bridgend and that is going to make sure that we've got a much more professional approach to the way we deal with firearms."

This latest move follows the establishment of other collaborative ventures including legal services between South Wales Police and Gwent Police; and the Joint Scientific Investigations Unit also between South Wales Police and Gwent Police.

Mr Farrar was adamant local policing would not suffer. He said: "This is the first operational example of collaborationbetweenthe forces but we already do work together around different aspects of support, and we will be doing specialist crime together by the end of the year.

"We are already working together on our drugs wing, but the important thing to stress is that this is not a merger.

"This is not about three forces becoming one force. It remains the case that local policing needs to be local in each particular area.

"However, there are certain things that we can do at a more regional level which I am sure the public would agree completely makes sense."

Steve Williams is one of 200 armed response vehicle officers working within the three southern Welsh police forces.

All officers are issued with 9mm hand guns and Taser guns, and their 4x4 vehicles carry long barrel semi-automatic G36 weapons and up to 500 rounds of ammunition including rubber bullets.

He said: "We get numerous call-outs involving knives, we get a lot of calls where someone is heard shooting, often legitimately, where rabbits or foxes are being shot. You'd be amazed how many and how many different types of people carry weapons today.

"We had one incident recently at Aberavon seafront in Port Talbot where a chap bought two new air rifles and a hand gun and decided to walk along the promenade and shoot out towards the sea to see how powerful the guns were. …

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