Responding to the announcement that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) and the Scottish Police Authority will review the standing authority for a small number of firearms officers carry firearms, John said:
“I welcome the reviews, particularly the regard that they will have for the community impact of this changed policy and the recognition that the police service must enjoy public confidence.
“I’m pleased the statement states “one of the principals of good governance is that the public voice is appropriately heard”. I would argue that the public have made their views clear on this issue; they don’t want armed officers walking about their streets attending to routine police tasks.
“The big question remains whether the chief constable, who thus far on this and other issues has appears dis-interested in public opinion, will recognise he’s a public servant and revert to the policy which previously served the Highlands and Islands so well.”