MSP: Better late than never for views to be heard

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North East MSP Alison McInnes has urged members of the public to have their say in the SPA’s consultation on armed police.

Commenting in a blog on the Scottish Liberal Democrat website, Ms McInnes said it was “better late than never for views on armed police to be heard”.

Ms McInnes commented: “I shared the shock of many of my constituents when I first learnt that some of Scotland’s national police officers were undertaking routine duties whilst overtly carrying guns.

“It used to be that firearms were largely kept in the boot of a police car and accessed only when needed. Now, armed officers patrol streets across Scotland with guns in their holsters at all times.”

“The Scottish Police Authority is seeking to hear your views on the new nationwide armed policing policy before Friday, October 17.

“If you are concerned about armed police undertaking routine patrols, this is your opportunity to make your voice heard. If you feel let down by this fundamentally undemocratic decision-making process, this is your chance to challenge those in charge.”

The consultation can be found at: www.spa.police.uk/news/2014/september/247713/