Scottish police officers want firearms according to study

A study shows police in Scotland feel “vulnerable to spontaneous violence”.

A survey carried out by the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) on roughly 4,200 Scottish police officers, has revealed that they would feel safer with handguns to protect themselves from the public.

Scottish Police in the Edinburgh streets. Photograph: Daily Express

The findings came from an eighth of the workforce who said that they believe their existing personal protective equipment (PPE) is “ineffective”, this includes handcuffs, leg restraints, body armour and batons.

The results found 63.7% of officers responding said they would feel safer carrying a handgun. This figure rose to 73% in the 25-34 age group. Almost 90% felt they would benefit from having a taser.

Police Scotland has 600 officers who are trained in using Armed Response Vehicles (ARV). However, only 400 of these officers are full-time firearm officers.

The SPF released a statement regarding the findings, “SPF acknowledges that work has already started on improving officers’ PPE and therefore is not making specific demands on the basis of this report.”

“The data collected though has given an important and helpful insight from those who use PPE on a daily basis and should be used to shape future policy, training and procurement decisions.”

Amid the findings of the SPF surveys, armed police will patrol Edinburgh’s Christmas market due to terror concerns. This will be followed by various markets around the UK, where there will also be concrete barrios and stop and search checks put in place. A Police Scotland spokeswoman said:

“Our priority is the safety and security of all those attending or involved, and the public are encouraged to continue with their plans to attend or take part in events as normal.”


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