McInnes warns armed officers must be properly briefed

Scottish Liberal Democrats have urged Police Scotland bosses to redouble their efforts to brief armed officers about appropriate deployment after an armed officer was spotted picking up his lunch in a busy supermarket in Edinburgh – and senior officers reportedly said “this officer was doing absolutely nothing wrong.”


Commenting, Ms McInnes said:

“Less than 3 months ago police chiefs told Parliament it would be ‘completely inappropriate’ for officers carrying guns to be pushing a trolley around the supermarket, but that they should instead make their purchases at the petrol station.

“They assured parliament that the message is constantly being reinforced. If it is, then it seems it is not being heeded.

“Yet again it seems that there is a disconnect between what senior officers tell Parliament and what actually happens on the ground.”

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