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Police Service Of Northern Ireland

Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how frequently PSNI officers have to undergo sessions to re-classify in relation to firearms; how often Belfast International Airport police officers have to re-classify; and if he will make a statement. [98567]

PSNI officers attend at least twice, preferably three times, a year for refresher firearms training on each respective weapon in which they are qualified.Following the Key Point Survey at Belfast International Airport in 1993, RUC/PSNI Training Branch recommended that Belfast International Airport police should re-classify in relation to firearms on a basis similar to that of RUC/PSNI officers.