Inquest into Horden Shootings: Statement from Durham Police and Crime Commissioner
Hopefully the conclusion of the Inquest today will bring an element of closure for all of those so drastically affected by this terrible incident. My thoughts are with family members.
Since coming into post Durham Constabulary have been open and transparent with me, providing personal briefings and access to all relevant information.
That information clearly indicates, that at critical stages in the various granting and review procedures, there was a lack of rigour in the investigative process along with an overly cautious approach to decision making. I find aspects of this difficult to understand.
What is also clear is that the Police alone cannot effectively manage the process of firearms licensing and there is a need for information to be shared amongst all agencies.
Indeed, this is a key aspect of the national campaign being led by Bobby Turnbull and I shall continue to support him in this.
Lessons have been learned. The Constabulary has conducted a full review of their practices and procedures. A total of thirteen recommendations were made and most of these are now in place. I have no doubt that these necessary changes place Durham Constabulary at the forefront of firearms licensing in the country.
However, I reaffirm my commitment to Bobby and his family that I shall ensure that all of these changes are implemented.
Posted on Friday 8th March 2013