There are no armed police officers on patrol in Levenmouth’s streets, according to an-ex community inspector.
The question was put to ex-officer Donald Jenks last week as he gave his final report to Fife Council’s Levenmouth area committee before retiring.
Chairman Councillor Tom Adams asked the question amid concern overPolice Scotland’s controversial policy to allow officers to carry guns to everyday incidents.
The matter was becoming increasingly valid and was an “emotive issue”, Cllr Adams told colleagues in Methil.
However, Mr Jenks assured him: “There are no officers on routine patrol in Levenmouth carrying firearms.”
Authorisation was needed to arm, he added, except in emergencies, when it was possible to self-authorise.
If there was information about a risk, added Mr Jenks, police needed to be able to respond quickly to it.
Side arms were carried in some cases, he added, but not in Levenmouth.
The possible impact of the policy in the Kingdom had raised previous worries, with Councillor Kenny Selbie, chairman of the Council’s safer communities committee, writing to Fife’s Chief Superintendent Garry McEwan.
The attendance of police officers with firearms at routine incidents had been raised as a concern in various parts of Scotland, he said, and it was important to understand how national policy may affect Fife.
“Armed police response is clearly necessary in specific circumstances. However, it is important we monitor this situation closely to ensure it remains proportionate,” he said.