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A week after Derrick Bird shot dead 12 people in west Cumbria, the Independent Police Complaints Commission have been briefed on the police operation.
Chief Constable Craig Mackey said:"Following communication over the last few days, Cumbria Constabulary has today given a full and detailed briefing to the Independent Police Complaints Commission on the tragic events on Wednesday 2 June this has included all aspects of the criminal investigation into the shootings and the police response.
"Having considered all aspects of the events last week I will be asking a number of ACPO national experts, from forces within the UK, to review and collate any lessons that can be learnt from our response. This approach is in line with our ambition and willingness to learn and develop the policing of Cumbria, following any major policing incident. We have invited the IPCC to be involved in the review of the firearms operations. We will share the learning from all the reviews with the public, IPCC and the wider police service.
"These areas include our firearms licensing procedures, tactical and strategic police firearms response, and any aspect of this incident that may require further national or local guidance.
"We have considered formally referring the incident to the IPCC, but at this stage we do not feel that is appropriate as the incident does not fall within the referral criteria. Following our discussions this morning we will be commencing this work shortly and reporting in the autumn."
The reviews will consist of:
1. Firearms licensing – the ACPO lead on firearms licensing Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Whiting will review the file and the procedures adopted in relation to the award of a firearm licence and shotgun certificate to Mr Bird.
2. Firearms response – this will be lead by ACPO lead on police use of firearms Assistant Chief Constable Simon Chesterman. It will cover the response and resources available to deploy to the scene.
3. Firearms tactics and manual – this will follow from the conclusion of the first two reviews and examine whether any accumulated learning should lead to changes to the ACPO firearms manual or tactics.