Justice Secretary must back review of armed policing

Scottish Liberal Democrats have urged Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to back their calls to the Scottish Police Authority for a full and formal review of Police Scotland’s controversial policy on armed policing.

Ahead of the Justice Secretary’s anticipated ministerial statement on the issue today (Tuesday 5th), Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that a statement is better late than never but warned the Justice Secretary against pursuing his typically boorish approach to real concerns.

Scottish Liberal Democrats called for the SPA to conduct an immediate full formal review into armed policing policy after it emerged that the policy would only be considered during the course of a routine SPA board meeting.

Speaking ahead of the ministerial statement, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

“The Justice Secretary’s curiosity in the debate on armed policing is better late than never. The decision by Scotland’s national police to allow armed officers to overtly carry guns while undertaking routine duties has been met with widespread condemnation.

“It has been disappointing that the Justice Secretary has so far adopted his typically boorish approach to the legitimate concerns of communities in Scotland. After being proven wrong in his assertion that every person in Scotland backs this move, Kenny MacAskill must now show he is listening. He must use this statement to back our calls to the SPA for a full and formal review of armed policing policy.”

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