Arming all police would be "totally disproportionate"
Responding to reports the National Police Chiefs' Council is considering routinely deploying armed officers in remote and rural communities, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:
"Police Officers carry out dangerous and often lifesaving work on our behalf, not least in the face of ongoing threats including terrorism. We must therefore ensure that armed officers are able to respond quickly to situations.
“However, any move towards routinely arming officers would be totally disproportionate and contrary to the principle of policing by consent.
"There needs to be sensible guidelines in place to ensure that armed officers on our streets do not become the norm."