No more routine armed Police patrols

A u-turn by Police Scotland that means armed police officers will no longer be deployed on routine duties has been welcomed in the Borders.

Last month Scottish Borders Council agreed a motion opposing the controversial move after it was introduced earlier this year and South of Scotland MSPs and MPs expressed concern about the controversial practice.

Police Scotland has since issued a statement that armed police officers would no longer be deployed on routine duties, only to firearms incidents or where there is a threat to life.

Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland, said: “This u-turn is a win for the many communities across South Scotland who were alarmed by this undemocratic and fundamental change in policing approach.

Borders MP Michael Moore added: “This is good news for Borderers who did not want to see armed police patrolling our streets as a matter of course.

“I am glad that serious concerns raised by local people about the SNP’s armed police policy have finally been heard.

“I will be now be monitoring the situation to ensure that, while the review of the deployment of armed police is carried out, no armed police officers attend routine police calls.”