Police Scotland has today responded to the publication of a report by the Scottish Police Authority on firearms policy and engagement with communities.
Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins, Operational Support, today acknowledged the report published by the Scottish Police Authority.
ACC Higgins said:
â€œWe acknowledge the report published by the Scottish Police Authority today and particularly welcome the findings that public confidence in policing has remained high throughout.
â€œOur policing purpose is to keep people safe against all potential threat. Our success in this is achieved by continuing to build on the strong relationships we have with communities and as such, we are committed to continuing to improve our engagement with communities and partners.
â€œAs announced last year, we are reviewing the carriage systems for weapons used by armed officers and the functions they perform when they are not dealing with firearms incidents.
â€œThe differences in specialist firearms protection to communities and unarmed officers prior to the creation of Police Scotland were inconsistent and inadequate, given the evidence and intelligence available. By having a small number of specially trained firearms officers available 24/7, we can ensure that all our communities have equal access to this specialist police capability.
â€œWe will now carefully consider the findings and recommendations from the SPA report.”