Police in Fife are deploying an extra 80 officers tonight (Friday, December 18) to patrol town centres on the busiest night of the year for festive revelling.
The officers will provide a reassuring high-visibility presence alongside Fife Council community safety wardens, helping to reduce acts of violence, disorder and anti-social behaviour in the town centres and keep those out for their Christmas celebrations safe.
The Campaign Against Violence officers will be out and about in the Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Levenmouth and Dunfermline town centres between the hours of 7pm Friday to 2am Saturday (19th December 2015).
Superintendent Dougie Milton who is leading the deployment from Fife Divisional Headquarters in Glenrothes, said: “We want everyone to enjoy their Festive celebrations and stay safe in the process.
“We are working with our partners in the Scottish Ambulance Service, Fife Alcohol Support Service, Fife Council, the British Red Cross and Dunfermline Street Pastors among others to operate the Dunfermline Safe Zone at the Hub in Douglas Street.
“Anyone needing help and advice in Dunfermline can turn up there and have minor injuries treated or if they’ve missed their last bus home, they can get a bed for the night.
“Local officers in the other Fife towns will also be joined by extra officers from across the Kingdom and other specialist departments from across Scotland.
“I would advise people to not go crazy, be sensible, look our for their friends and remember that drinking too much alcohol can make you vulnerable to crime.
“That way, the only involvement with our officers will be to wish them a Merry Christmas.”
This special Campaign against Violence will see officers deployed from all the back room functions of Fife Division and across Police Scotland who will also be acting on intelligence to tackle domestic violence offenders and focus on known hotspots for crime.