Custody role as Glenrothes’ top cop moves from hot seat

Chief Inspector Derek McEwan
Chief Inspector Derek McEwan

The serving Divisional Police Commander for Glenrothes area, Chief Inspector Derek McEwan, is to vacate the post following a promotion.

Glenrothes-born McEwan, who has held the position since December 2012, has been promoted to Superintendent taking charge of the Northern Custody Division.

The role is a national one within Police Scotland, taking charge of all aspects of custody procedures.

Detective Inspector Nicola Shepherd, currently serving in the Levenmouth area, will take on the vacated position which takes in both Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy.

Inspector Derek Paxton, who has responsibility for community engagement and partnership working within Glenrothes, will continue in a support role to the newly appointed Chief Inspector Shepherd.

The new Superintendent said he welcomes the challenge, but moving on will be “tinged with sadness”.

“I’m a Glenrothes lad and my heart is and will always remain in the area,”Supt McEwan told the Gazette.

“Taking over the role of divisional commander was a dream appointment for me so I’m sad to be moving on in some respects.

“But I can wholeheartedly recommend DI Shepherd who is someone I’ve known for a number of years and progressed through the ranks with.

“She, like me, is from Glenrothes and will prove a major asset for the Police’s role within the area, “ he added.

Supt McEwan took over the Glenrothes Chief Inspector role in December 2012, following in his father Ronnie’s footsteps who had also previously held the position.

He enrolled as a police cadet in 1992 having previously attended Auchmuty High School in the town.

The new Superintendent cites the breaking up of a major organised criminal gang as one of the major achievements in his time in charge of Glenrothes.

“It’s satisfiying to see the break up of a group that have reeked havoc on the population for far too long,” he said.

Significant results in the ongoing Operation Nominate targeting bogus builders, as well as tackling head on the issues of those who prey on the elderly and vulnerable have also yielded “significant results”.