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Devon and Cornwall Police firearms licensing to be peer reviewed

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is to assist the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police with an urgent review of the force’s firearms licensing procedures.

Devon and Cornwall Police firearms licensing to be peer reviewed

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez and Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer in Keyham, Plymouth

The review will be overseen by the National Police Chiefs Council and follows a shooting in which five people were killed by a gunman who then took his own life.

The commissioner, who accompanied Home Secretary Priti Patel on a visit to the city on Saturday, also announced today (weds, August 18) that she will be working with partners in a bid for funding to ensure that communities affected by the shooting have long-term support in place.

Commissioner Hernandez, who is today attending a memorial service for the victims of last Thursday’s gun attack, said she wanted to reassure residents of the city and update them on activity since it occurred.

Her office has been present in Keyham with Victim Support professionals since Friday to provide practical and emotional support to residents.

“I have spent considerable time with this community after this appalling incident and want to reassure them that we stand with them at this tremendously difficult time,” she said.

“Not only have they lost much-loved friends and family members but they have found themselves at the centre of a sometimes intrusive national and international media presence. The impact of this will be felt by this community for a long time. I want to let the people of Keyham know that after the initial attention has died down we will still be there for them.

“We must not jump to conclusions about the reasons for these heinous crimes but await the Independent Office of Police Conduct’s investigation, an NPCC led review into the police’s procedures and the coroner’s report as we seek to fully understand what, if any, changes may need to be made into firearms licensing procedures.

“I am assisting the Chief Constable to organise a fast review of the general procedures of firearms licensing in Devon and Cornwall to ensure they are following national guidance correctly.

“We will also be working with Police and Crime Commissioners from around the country to ensure that if there are lessons to be learned licensing procedures in England and Wales these will be shared with colleagues from around the country.”

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s van has been present at the Co-Op supermarket in Wolesley Road, Keyham, since Friday and will be at the Lidl supermarket today (Weds, 18/8) and tomorrow (Thursday 19/8). There anyone affected by the shooting can receive free practical and emotional support from Victim Support staff and volunteers.

Anyone wanting to contact Victim Support can call them on 0808 1689111 or live chat online at