Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray has welcomed a change of policy on arming of police.
Last week, Elaine sought constituent’s views on the increased presence of armed police in the local area and across Scotland. A number of people responded, voicing their concerns.
Responding to news that Police Scotland will no longer deploy firearms officers on routine duties, Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:
“I welcome the news that the Chief Constable has performed a U-turn on the routine deployment of armed police officers and has reverted to the previous policy of using armed officers only when there are firearms involved or there is a threat to life.
“The vast majority of constituents who have contacted me about this issue were very concerned. Armed police had never been routinely deployed in Dumfries and Galloway prior to the creation of Police Scotland, and these changes had been brought in with no consultation with local councils or debate in the Scottish Parliament.
“I am pleased that the Chief Constable has acknowledged that public opinion and pressure from politicians has persuaded to reverse his decision. However, this issue should have been handled much better by him, the Scottish Police Authority and the Justice Secretary. I hope lessons have been learned.”