Policy Details

Destruction of Surplus Firearms Owned by Northumbria Police

Dated: 04 Feb 2015

NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

POLICY TITLE: Destruction of Surplus Firearms Owned by Northumbria Police

OWNING DIRECTORATE: Local Policing and Operations

AUTHOR: Chief Inspector, Firearms Support Unit

CONTACT DETAILS: 101 Ext. 49701

EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT: Complete


AIM OF POLICY: This policy outlines Northumbria Police's position for dealing with the disposal of their firearms and related equipment.

BENEFIT OF POLICY: To ensure proper disposal of firearms owned by Northumbria Police.

REASON FOR POLICY: Northumbria Police has a duty under Article 2 of the Human Rights Act 1998 to protect the lives of its staff and members of the public.


Northumbria Police has a duty under Article 2 of the Human Rights Act 1998 to protect the lives of its staff and members of the public. To fulfil this duty it is necessary to ensure firearms, when necessary are appropriately destroyed.

All firearms owned by Northumbria Police will be destroyed when they are deemed to be surplus to the needs of the service. The exceptions to this policy will be surplus firearms that are sold, or otherwise disposed of, to other forces and those which are kept for instructional purposes or as a historical record.

Once a decision has been reached that certain firearms are surplus, they will be destroyed in the same manner as illegal firearms that come into the possession of Northumbria Police. Before disposing of a firearm, chief officers will ensure that there are no criminal, civil or judicial proceedings which a weapon may be required for.


SOURCE DOCUMENT: N/A

GROUPS AFFECTED: All Police Officers and Police Staff

ACCESS AND DISCLOSURE RESTRICTIONS: None