New firearms training system

In a bid to cut-down on the amount of paperwork that firearms officers have to complete, former firearms training officer Sergeant Luis Ponte has developed a system called ‘Chronicle’ that can record, store and recall data relating to a firearms officer at the touch of a button.

Apr 21, 2006
By David Howell

In a bid to cut-down on the amount of paperwork that firearms officers have to complete, former firearms training officer Sergeant Luis Ponte has developed a system called ‘Chronicle’ that can record, store and recall data relating to a firearms officer at the touch of a button.

Chronicle enables a single comprehensive record of each officer – whether constable or commander – and all his or her scores on training shoots, fitness tests, specialist disciplines such as VIP protection or hostage rescue to be kept. It shows compliance with the national firearms curriculum, logs the granting of authorities for specific firearms operations, and simplifies post-incident procedure as records are in one easily- accessible place. It also has an audit trail so that all the information entered is tagged with the users name and the date of entry.

Head of Bedfordshire Police Firearms Training Department, Sergeant Keith Tierney, said: “What’s good about this system is that we will have all our information on each officer, and the firearms commanders, in one place that will be easy to research. It will actually save us quite a lot of time. I didn’t want to get involved with something that was actually going to cause the department more work or be a waste of time and money because it was too complicated to bother using.”

Chronicle should be available to other forces in the near future. Any forces interested in further information should contact Luis Ponte at JML Software on 01347 868551, or Luis@jmlsoftware.co.uk.

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