Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that a significant u-turn from Police Scotland over its policy on armed police is a win for local communities.
A statement released today by Police Scotland said that armed police officers would no longer be deployed on routine duties.
Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP 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 not reasonable nor proportionate for those officers to undertake routine duties in supermarkets, high streets or on people's doorsteps.
"Once again, the Justice Secretary's inaction has shown how out of step the SNP is when it comes to protecting civil liberties.
"The wider SPA and HMICS reviews into armed policing will be critical in efforts to shed light on the wider implications of this policy and I hope that Police Scotland will co-operate fully with these processes."