Armed police officers have attended more than 5,000 routine incidents - including car crashes and missing persons searches - in the past year.
The deployment of armed police officers to more than 5,000 routine incidents last year has been defended by the Minister of Community Safety.
A man has admitted calling police on his ex-partner’s new love interest - sparking a huge armed response in a north-east village.
A man was arrested after a seven-hour stand-off with armed police in Aberdeen.
Armed police have entered a building following a stand-off with a man at a block of flats in the city.
Armed police have helped out at more than 80 incidents across Scotland in the last week – including giving an elderly lady in Aberdeen first aid after a fall.
Armed police officers were seen on the A835 near the Tore Roundabout on Sunday evening as a man was arrested in connection with an assault in Golspie.
A man who caused a six-hour stand-off with police after he claimed he had a gun has been jailed.
Armed police are on duty across the country after the Parsons Green bomb attack prompted Britain to be put on the highest terror alert.
Armed police stormed a block of flats in Aberdeen and led away a man in handcuffs during the early hours of this morning.
Armed police are at the AECC tonight as the count for the general election gets underway.
Armed police are among the emergency services dealing with a serious incident at Manchester Arena tonight.
A dispute around the wages paid to armed police for guarding the Queen in her Deeside home has landed in one of Scotland's top courts.
Armed police swooped on a north-east village last night after reports of a man acting in a threatening manner.
Pressure is mounting on the Scottish Government to explain how armed police came to be breakfasting at a busy cafe in Dingwall.
A Highland MP has called for a new debate on the arming of police officers after concerns were raised about the latest sighting.
The number of armed police officers is to surge by a third - despite there being no specific terror threat to Scotland.
The outgoing police commander for the Highlands and islands has admitted he "could have done a better job" amid the row over the use of armed officers in the region.
THE head of the police watchdog has revealed his own wife had an alarming encounter with armed officers.
A number of gunshots have been heard as armed police made arrests outside McDonald’s in Arbroath, according to local reports.
Police launched a manhunt to find a killer, who gunned down a man in his 20s at the Marriott Hotel on Old Shire Lane in Waltham Abbey, Essex on Tuesday morning.
The Scottish Police Federation has claimed more officers need to routinely carry guns if Scotland is to be protected from a Paris-style attack.
A police officer was taken to hospital yesterday after being attacked by a man with a sword.
A major operation is still under way in the Torry area of Aberdeen, however, the armed police officers involved have now been stood down.
The Scottish Police Authority has insisted that it does not hold the raw data of a survey it commissioned on public attitudes to armed police attending routine incidents.
The Scottish Police Authority is under fresh pressure to release the raw data of a survey that claimed majority public support for putting officers on the beat armed with handguns.
Armed officers have attended hundreds of incidents such as pub brawls and drink-driving cases since the head of Police Scotland said they would no longer be deployed to non-life-threatening calls.
A north-east MSP claims the public consultation into armed police is so complicated that people will not bother completing it.
Two cows were shot dead after they escaped from a nature reserve in Norfolk on Saturday afternoon.
Kenny MacAskill faced down opposition calls for him to resign over his handling of recent policing controversies including armed officers being used on routine patrols.
Alex Salmond has defended the way the armed police controversy was handled and says the service should be applauded for listening to public concerns.
Police will no longer carry holstered pistols on routine patrols in the Highlands after a dramatic climbdown by Scotland's chief constable on the controversial issue.