FP100: No. 16

Fife Police HQ statue
Fife Police HQ statue

Fife Police HQ statue

The striking image of the policewoman and child which has stood outside the Fife Police HQ for almost 20 years was created to symbolise the force’s commitment to community care.

The commission for the statue at the Detroit Road station in Glenrothes was awarded to renowned Fife sculptor David Annand, whose work is featured elsewhere in the FP100, and his intention was to portray the police force’s more “softly, softly” approach as it attempted to engage more with young people in the community.

The idea of a policewoman rather than policeman was also an attempt to soften the image of the police.

David remembers that a WPC went to his studio to pose and he took pictures from which he made the sculpture.

The statue, which is cast in bronze resin, was unveiled outside the Police HQ in 1996.