McArthur: taser announcement will not build confidence

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesman Liam McArthur MSP today said a rushed announcement on the deployment of Tasers with transport police officers in Scotland will not build public confidence.

Mr McArthur was speaking after the British Transport Police confirmed that the devices will be deployed just hours before officers were due to start carrying the weapon.

Commenting Mr McArthur said:

"Police officers need to have the tools to keep us safe but the way this announcement was rushed out at the last minute will raise eyebrows. This is a major change and it needed to be scrutinised properly.

“Instead we find that tasers are to appear on our railways a matter of hours after this is confirmed by BTP. We still have no idea where they will be deployed or on which routes. This is not the way to build public confidence."

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