Simon Vann joined BASC in 2015 from Lancashire Constabulary where he worked as a Firearms Enquiry Officer since 2004. He also served with the Ministry of Defence Police as a dog handler and as an Authorised Firearms Officer for ten years. Simon has had an interest in firearms and shooting since eleven years old starting with his father’s air rifle. He has held firearms certificates and currently holds a shotgun certificate. A long standing interest in historical firearms, history and development of guns led him to present a seminar in conjunction with the Royal Armouries, Leeds on the history of arming the British Police. Simon was also employed by Gwent Police for two years as a Firearms Enquiry Officer.
During his time with Lancashire Police he has completed several courses including the National Firearms Enquiry Officers Course, the Explosive Licensing Officers Course (West Yorkshire Police) and a Firearms Expert Witness Course (Helston guns). In his last two Years he assisted with NABIS submissions and worked on the 2014 Firearms surrender.
Simon now lives in North Wales and with his wife, both have a long standing interest in dogs. Both have worked as volunteers in the past with Battersea dogs home and breed rescue societies.