Victory for Lib Dems on armed policing review

Police Scotland.
Police Scotland.

Scottish Liberal Democrats have this week applauded a decision by HM Inspectorate for Constabulary in Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority to undertake a review and inquiry into Police Scotland’s policy on armed policing.

The result comes after weeks of calling for a full and formal review into armed police attending routine duties whilst carrying guns. Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes said the decision was a victory for local communities.

The Scottish Police Authority inquiry and the HM Inspectorate for Constabulary (HMICS) in Scotland assurance review will both report to the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) at a public meeting on December 17.

Ms McInnes said: “This is a victory for local communities. After months of pressure from Scottish Liberal Democrats up and down the country, the public and campaign groups, the SPA and HMICS have belatedly recognised that this fundamental change must be formally and thoroughly scrutinised.

“We need to know if the Scotland-wide policy on armed policing is proportionate to the risks in individual communities in Scotland,” he added.