The Acting Police Commissioner says operations at the Firearms Permit Section have not ceased.
In a TTPS statement, Top Cop McDonald Jacob says the section is in fact actively accepting and he is approving applications for Firearm User’s Licences.
He says since 2015, software was purchased to increase efficiency at the Section and to provide swift service to persons wanting to obtain their Firearm User’s Licence.
Full use of the software would have enabled the section to be completely digitised, however Mr Jacob says this was stymied by former employees of the Firearms Section, who continued manual operations, which facilitated a host of corrupt practices.
The Acting Commissioner says after receiving several reports, investigations were initiated in October 2021, with police officers among several persons charged for offences ranging from Misbehaviour in Public Office to Approving Variation of Firearm User’s Licences Without Lawful Authority.
Acting CoP Jacob also says, “Whilst the implementation of the Firearm Cards was a step in the right direction, the issuance of the cards as a replacement for the booklet was unlawful. I am making efforts to cause the law to be amended whereby Firearm Cards can be used in lieu of the booklet”.
He assures that officers of the section are “working feverishly” to have the prescribed software fully utilised, which would allow applications to be processed without delay.