How it started
In 2005 myself and a fellow colleague (and good friend) Jack Webb were involved in writing a Post Incident Seminar for the Police Federation of England & Wales. At the same time we were representing Ch/Inspector Neil Sharman and PC Kevin Fagan involved in the 'table leg shooting'. During the investigation Neil and Kevin were arrested on suspicion of Murder amongst other things!
Jack mentioned to me that we should have some sort of an Association to support firearms officers and recognise the unique work they do nationwide. We spoke to senior Federation figures and put in to place a plan of action to launch the Association, we were going to call it 'NAPFO' looking back now its probably good we didn't ! Due to events, not least Kevin and Neil's situation and then a number of other high profile incidents involving CO19 officers, we put the idea on hold. In the Autumn of 2008, myself and Mick Burke were representing colleagues involved in the Stockwell incident, Mick had taken over from Jack, (who has moved to the Dog Section) as the Sergeants Fed Rep at CO19.
He mentioned to me about having an Association, I showed him the work we had done back in 2005, and we set about setting up the Association. I think perhaps we were somewhat naïve in our expectations of how much was involved and how much time it would take. Thanks to the assistance given by Tony Greenwood MBE, a former Leicestershire Superintendent we managed to form the new Police Firearms Officers Association. We met with senior ACPO Officers and the National Police Federation Chairman and Secretary.
We also did a presentation for all the Chairs and secretaries from the Police Federation of England & Wales. After explaining what we were about we have received fantastic support from all over the UK.
Mark joined the Metropolitan Police Service in June 1987. He retires in November 2013.
Mick joined the Metropolitan Police Service in June 1986. He is a CO19 Federation Representative.
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