A history of Fife’s finest

Traffic police on patrol in Fife during the 1960s.
Traffic police on patrol in Fife during the 1960s.

ITS’ origins date back to the first half of the 19th century.

And the long history of Fife Police is to be celebrated at an exhibition, just weeks before the force becomes part of the new country-wide Police Service of Scotland.

The Fife Branch of the Retired Officers Association (ROA) is hosting a free exhibition, which will feature a massive selection of memorabilia including photographs, documents, artefacts, uniforms, and films of the part played by the force during some historic occasions in Fife, such as the opening of the Forth Road Bridge.

Eddie Devlin, the branch’s spokesman, said: “As policing in Scotland moves in to a new era, it is appropriate that we mark the occasion of the coming to an end of Fife Constabulary and its associated history stretching back almost two hundred years.”

Policing in Fife dates back to 1832 when the first force was set-up in Dunfermline, and that was followed by Kirkcaldy Burgh Police eight years later.

The latter organisation later merged with Fife County Constabulary and town forces in Dysart, Burntisland, and most of the other towns around the Kingdom.

In 1877, Kirkcaldy Burgh Police was formed as a separate entity and remained in operation until 1949 when the current force was set-up.

In spite of numerous other force amalgamations throughout Scotland since then, Fife has remained largely unchanged in boundary, serving the population throughout the mirrored local authority areas.

The free exhibition is being held in a shop unit at Unicorn Way, Kingdom Centre, Glenrothes from Monday, March 4 to Saturday, March 9, from 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. each day.

Members of the ROA branch involved will be on hand to answer any questions from visitors to the exhibition.