FOI reveals police force inadequately protected

Scotland on Sunday reports that two thousand Scottish police officers have been exposed to danger after their managers ordered below-standard body armour. Frontline officers at Lothian and Borders Police spent up to four years performing their duties in the belief that their body armour gave them greater protection than it did.

Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal the police force opted for different covers for its body armour so that officers could wear them on top of their clothing instead of underneath.

The Lothian and Borders force is now to spend £1.2m buying new body armour and uniforms for its officers.

2,000 Scots police given 'inadequate' body armour (Scotland on Sunday, 2 April 2006)