DPC Discovery Work: Firearms Licensing

20/03/2017 - 31/03/2017

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This discovery project, part of a six-week series of three discoveries, is about understanding how firearms owners can apply for and/or renew licenses.

The Digital Public Contact (DPC) team are leading a project exploring firearms licensing, and have commissioned The Police ICT Company to support them, through a discovery, in exploring how policing could innovate the application or renewal of a Firearm or Shotgun License to enable policing to offer a more digital service to its certificate holders.

The DPC programme is led by Chief Constable Simon Cole, pictured below.

The discovery will last two weeks and involves working closely with a number of key partners from police forces, the wider policing family and, most importantly, speaking to the firearms community.

Simon Cole, Chief Constable, Leicestershire Police

Simon Cole, Chief Constable, Leicestershire Police

The high-level goals in this project are to explore how citizens currently holding, or applying for, a firearm licence, might engage with a digital service. We will cover existing tools and payment platforms and their usefulness and what other agencies and organisations are doing in this space, and will look to identify if there is an untapped demand for police to be operating in this area.

We will be posting updates about the work but to find out more about this discovery or the wider Digital Public Contact programme, get in touch with Selvin Baker, Programme Manager.


Yasmin Nobbs, Programme Support Officer, Digital Policing PortfolioYasmin Nobbs, Programme Support Officer at the DPP, explains the basics of the Firearms Licensing discovery work. What is the team trying to find out and what work is being done to answer questions and propose a solution?

“Reaching the end of the first week of the firearms licensing discovery is a great opportunity to reflect on what we have already discovered, and what work there is still to do. We started the week with a planning session at Rock Kitchen Harris, outlining and consolidating what we wanted to discover during this discovery.”

Read the rest of Yasmin’s blog.