Published: 01/12/2017 06:00 - Updated: 04/12/2017 12:16

Presence of armed police in city streets in 2014 branded a 'disgrace'

IC 200, Inverness Courier

 

THE routine presence of gun-carrying police in Inverness streets following the merger of Scotland's police forces was a controversial move.

In May, there was a chorus of demands from critics, including Inverness Lib-Dem MP Danny Alexander and Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie, for an urgent rethink on the policy.

Before the merger, guns were held back for major incidents only.

Former Northern Constabulary Chief Superintendent Ramsay McGhee described the new policy as a "damned disgrace", saying it sent out the wrong message.

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