Title: Firearms Training at Witham, Essex, BML
Bairds Malt Witham were approached by the Firearms division of Essex police in July, requesting to use our premises for the purpose of firearms training. To ensure ongoing development of their authorised firearms officers, Essex police seek out differing and challenging environments in which they can practice their tactics, which is something we felt we could offer as a company having already accommodated training exercises for Essex Fire Department.
We identified two areas on site that would serve as ideal training areas for the purpose of searching for fictitious armed suspects, using blank firing weapons. The site based training was combined with training in and around the local area. The training sessions were carried out in a way that enabled us to continue to function as usual, and operators were made aware when the police would be training in their work area to prevent any nasty surprises.
Since July, ten training sessions have taken place, each catering for around ten to fifteen authorised firearms officers. The feedback received from Essex Police was very positive. We were thanked for helping to keep their training interesting, testing and relevant. As a thank you, a few Bairds Malt employees were invited back to Police HQ for a tour of their facilities. We have welcomed further training exercises should Essex police want to continue to work in partnership to provide effective training for their firearms officers.