Alexander seeking chief constable meeting over armed police in Highlands

Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Danny Alexander is seeking a meeting with Police Scotland chief constable Sir Stephen House to discuss local concerns over the routine deployment of armed police in the Highlands.

Speaking after reports that armed police had been called to a disturbance in a fast food restaurant in Inverness, Mr Alexander said that Police Scotland must prove they have the flexibility to provide the sort of service that the Highlands deserves.

Last month, Highland Council backed a Liberal Democrat motion calling on Police Scotland to review their policy on the use of armed officers.

Mr Alexander has asked people in the Highlands who have concerns over the routine deployment of armed officers to contact him with their experiences.

Commenting, Danny Alexander MP said:

“It is perfectly understandable that shoppers and revellers would be surprised to see officers with fire-arms on the beat.

“Clearly people’s concerns are about far more than poor communication from the SNP and Police Scotland. It’s about meeting the needs and expectations of community policing in the Highlands.

“Those of us that opposed the centralisation Scotland’s police force feared the impact a one-size-fits-all approach would have. Now Police Scotland must prove that they have the flexibility needed to provide the sort of service that the Highlands needs and deserves.

“I am seeking a meeting with Sir Stephen House, the Chief Constable, and over the coming weeks I will be asking people and businesses in the Highlands to contact me with their experiences.”

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