When it comes to keeping law and order on the streets of Glenrothes it will be seen as familiar territory for the town’s new chief inspector.
For Glenrothes girl Nicola Shepherd has taken the top job in a role, which will also take in control of Kirkcaldy, after 20 years service with the force.
Raised from an early age in the northern area of the town, first attending Collydean Primary and later Glenwood High School, Nicola took the advice of her guidance teacher to give the police cadets a try.
“I loved every minute getting involved in real policing and being based in the town so straight after joined the regulars in 1993,” she explained.
She spent the next decade in uniform and later CID before being promoted in 2005.
A sergeant based in St Andrews she was instrumental in formulating the policing programme for the Women’s Open and was again promoted to inspector in 2009.
A role at police HQ in Detroit Road working on strategic policy followed before being rewarded with the detective inspector role where she was head of the offender management unit dealing with registered sex offenders for two years.
A position with CID based in Leven from 2011 superceded her new position in Glenrothes.
“I’m very pleased to be given this job and want to carry on the good work that has already been put in across the town,” said Nicola.
“It’s a huge responsibility to come to a well performing area and keep that going while adding my own mark to that.
“I want to keep the day to day aspects of policing in the forefront with officers in the communities,” she added.