Tackling night-time antisocial behaviour and daytime parking issues are two of the top priorities for Burntisland’s new police sergeant Neil Ewing.
And he will face other challenges in Kinghorn and Auchtertool which are also part of his “patch” as the community based officer in charge.
Since taking up his post three weeks ago, he has been out and about in Burntisland, meeting people – including youngsters at the local primary school – and attending lots of meetings to find out the concerns of people living in the town.
And he is hoping to meet more people in the coming weeks with visits to places like the Beacon Leisure Centre and local shops.
“It’s all about getting to know the area, know the people and finding out what they think the main issues which need tackled are. If they feel safer in their homes and on their streets then we are doing our job.”
Sergeant Ewing (39), started in the police 12 years ago after the closure of Inglis Allen the printers in Kirkcaldy where he worked as an estimator and sales rep.
“It was something I had always wanted to do when I was younger but didn’t quite get around to, so at the age of 27 I applied, was accepted and haven’t looked back,” he said.
He has worked in Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy as well as Kennoway and Dalgety Bay, and spent some time in road policing before moving into his current community role.
“I am really enjoying my role here in Burntisland and people have been very welcoming. I think they feel reassured because there is someone here in the sergeant’s role, whereas for the past six months or so that has either been done from Kirkcaldy or someone here one day a week.
Getting to know the local youngsters is also in his future plans, with football tournaments on the new astro pitches planned for the summer.
“We want people to come to us so we can help them, and that’s the message we are taking out to the schools and to everyone in Burntisland, Kinghorn and Auchtertool, that we’re here to keep them safe.
“We will be out and about on foot, on public transport and, in the better weather on bikes, carrying out our duties and getting to know our communities better.
“There are five officers here including myself on different shifts and there is also a 24/7 response service.”