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.
In December Police Scotland announced that armed response vehicles (ARVs) would be sent to a wider range of incidents in order to speed up response times and better protect the public.
Previously they were only allowed to attend where firearms were being used or where there was a risk to life.
Since the roll-out of the “new deployment model” last Monday, officers have helped 50 vulnerable or missing people, assisted at 20 road traffic incidents and responded to 10 calls for medical assistance.
Assistant Chief Constable Nelson Telfer said: “The number of armed officers makes up just over 2% of the total number of police officers and we must remember that first and foremost, they are police officers.
“The emphasis of the extended role of ARV officers is on public protection, vulnerability and speed of response.”