Axe falls on police stations across Fife

A new Police Scotland sign''British Open Golf, Muirfield, Gullane 18/7/2013
A new Police Scotland sign''British Open Golf, Muirfield, Gullane 18/7/2013

Police stations across the Kingdom are set to close or have their opening hours cut as part of a major cost-saving plan by Police Scotland.

Six will shut completely, while others will open only office hours - and just two will offer 24/7 access.

The moves come just a week after Police Scotland announced it will close the contact centre at Glenrothes and relocate the jobs to Bilston, Midlothian - some 38 miles away.

Shutting permanently from next month are the stations in Burntisland, Cardenden, Anstruther, Auchtermuchty, Oakley and Taycoast.

Dalgety Bay and St Andrews will only operate during working hours - 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Glenrothes, Levenmouth, Cupar and Cowdenbeath will open from 7.00 a.m. to midnight seven days - only Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline will continue to offer 24/7 cover unaffected by the cuts.

Police Scotland insists the moves will not affect the level of service to each town - and remains comitted to local policing.

Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said: “We have listened to all the views put forward and made changes to reflect this but an effective, modern policing service must evolve to reflect the communities we serve.

‘‘These changes allow us to ensure more of the right people with the right skills are available at the right time and in the right places to serve communities in a manner that reflects the way people now live their lives. The review of public counters has contributed to this with Police Scotland committed to maximising police officers on the street and in communities working to keep people safe and to provide the high standards of service the public expects.

He added: ‘‘We have introduced a range of new ways for communities to contact them, including enhanced local policing, the new 101 non-emergency number and a strong national and local online presence. Along with the telephone, this is now how most people contact the police. All divisions now have the facility for members of the public to make appointments for police officers to visit them at their convenience to report crime, accidents or other matters requiring a police response.”

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