North East MSP Alison McInnes has welcomed a significant u-turn by Police Scotland over its policy on armed police.
A statement released last week by Police Scotland said that armed police officers would no longer be deployed on routine duties, only to firearms incidents or where there is a threat to life.
Mrs McInnes said: “After sustained pressure from the Scottish Liberal Democrats I am delighted that Police Scotland has made the right decision and will no longer deploy firearms officers on routine duties. This u-turn is a win for the many local communities across Scotland who were alarmed by this undemocratic and fundamental change in policing approach.
“We have always been clear that there is a correct time and place for armed response vehicle officers. It is neither reasonable nor proportionate for those officers to undertake routine duties in supermarkets, high streets or on people’s doorsteps.”