THERE are new bobbies on the beat in Burntisland, Kinghorn and Auchtertool.
A new community team is based at Burntisland Police Station, headed by Acting Sergeant Rachael Burns.
It includes three community officers PC Jez Graves, PC Andy Pearson and PC Tony Kinsell as well as five response officers.
Acting Sergeant Burns told the Press the officers are looking forward to getting to know their local areas and she also revealed the challenges which lie ahead in 2013.
Acting Sergeant Burns said: “We have a new team here at Burntisland. The new shift pattern has started and it will ensure police cover is provided for the three areas seven days a week.”
The new team is rolling out a number of initiatives in the year ahead including developing a relationship with local schools.
“We have an officer attached to each school - Jez is working with Kinghorn Primary, Andy with Burntisland and Tony will work with pupils at Starley Hall and Auchtertool” she said. “We want the children to get to know their local officer who will deliver talks about issues like road safety, anti-social behaviour and anti-bullying.
“We are also launching a new police calling card which will feature the officer’s contact details and we are hoping to work with the schools on this to get the pupils to come up with a design for the back of the card. This will help people to get in touch with their local community officer direct.
Acting Sergeant Burns has also been using social networking as a way of making contact with the community.
She explained: “We have set up a Twitter account - @burntislandpol - and we use this to issue community safety advice as well as informing people of incidents. For example recently a car broke down on the Loch Road and we were able to let road users to about it instantly through using Twitter. It has been up and running since December and so far we have 71 followers.”
She said there will be some challenges ahead and one of the things they will be looking to clamp down on is speeding drivers.
“We held a day of action on yesterday (Wednesday) when we targeted roads where motorists have been known to speed including the A921. We also want to develop a community speedwatch initiative in the area - we just need volunteers to sign up. We have the equipment and we are keen to hear from members of the community who would like to get involved.”
She said they are also looking to combat other problems like anti-social behaviour, as well as drugs and alcohol misuse.
A community safety event is being organised next month and officers will be out and about on new push bikes later this year.
She said: “They’ll be out on two wheels when the mobile response vehicle is being used. At the moment they have to either go out on foot, take a bus or use the train to go to Kinghorn or Auchtertool, so having the pushbikes will make us more accessible.”
>> Community Team contact: 0845 600 5702.