John seeks assurances on armed police

  Yesterday (Thursday 17th June) the Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson announced that the number of armed police officers in Scotland was set to rise following intelligence about the on-going threat level in the country. You can read the Cabinet Secretary's, including John's question here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=10472&i=96491&c=1926523#ScotParlOR Commenting afterwards John said: "The Justice Secretary must accept … Continue reading John seeks assurances on armed police

John follows up on armed policing

Today during a meeting of the Parliament's Sub-Committee on Policing John attempted to tackle the continued confusion over when the standing authority to carry firearms was given to police officers in the Highlands. The confusion arose in the weeks and months following on from John's revelation that a small number of armed response officers were … Continue reading John follows up on armed policing

Armed police review highlights lack of public accountability

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) have issued their report into the 'standing firearms authority' that saw police officers attending routine duties while carrying firearms. This morning, before the full report was available, John welcomed HMICS's announcement that their review "states that the impact of hte policy change on public perception was not … Continue reading Armed police review highlights lack of public accountability

Video: John comments on reviews into police firearms policy

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 … Continue reading Video: John comments on reviews into police firearms policy

High level of gun ownership doesn’t justify arming police

Following confirmation by Police Scotland that 40,000 firearms are licensed in the Highlands and Islands John is continuing to question the arming of local police.The figures on gun ownership were provided at the request of Highland Council and most are held by farmers and on shooting estates.Police Scotland maintain that the policy of routinely arming … Continue reading High level of gun ownership doesn’t justify arming police

John Meets Police Scotland re Armed Officers

Today, John Finnie convened a meeting in Inverness with Police Scotland and Highlands & Islands MSPs to discuss revised procedures which have seen Authorised Police Firearms Officers, from an Armed Response Vehicle, attend routine non-firearms related incidents in the Highlands and Islands. Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins, whose responsibilities include firearms, met with Mr Finnie … Continue reading John Meets Police Scotland re Armed Officers