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Rural crime officers from two Welsh police forces were given an introduction to shooting sports and its associated conservation work by BASC experts.

Eighteen staff from North Wales Police and Dyfed-Powys Police spent half a day at BASC’s head office in Rossett for the first in a proposed series of bespoke training courses BASC is able to offer police forces.

They were given an overview of the types of firearms, the wide range of shooting sports, gamekeeping, biodiversity and legislation that affects both shooting and conservation.

Simon Vann, a BASC firearms officer, said: “This is the first course of its type we have run and it went very, very well. All of the officers who attended were very engaged.

“We gave them a broad overview of what we do and did a little bit of myth-busting! We are able to offer bespoke training packages to meet forces’ needs.”

“We have laid a foundation which we fully intend to build on and if any other force has a training need that we can help with whether it be for rural teams, firearms licensing or operational then they can get in touch.”

The firearms team can be contacted on 01244 573010 or at firearms@basc.org.uk.

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