It’s a return to good old-fashioned policing as Bobbies go back on the beat in north east Fife.
Two police officers are now pounding the beat in the East Neuk and landward areas of Fife. PCs Gillian Tetlow and Tracy Elder will be on patrol in the towns and villages getting to know the local people and the issues that are affecting them. They hope that the result will be to put measures in place to deal with local problems. PC Tetlow explained: “We start the day in St Andrews and then head out to our areas and occasionally that’s using the local bus service, which is really helpful. We can sit on the bus and chat with people on the way to wherever we are heading for.” She reported: “Then we start walking our beat and already, after just a couple of weeks, people are starting to wave to us from the shops as we go by and approaching us to talk and keep in touch. After all,” she said, “it’s easier to talk to someone you know. Being on foot patrol is a good way of getting information from the community, people in the shops and cafes tell you about what’s going on. “People are glad to see us out on the beat, there has been a good response already.” Community Ward Sergeant Pat Turner is in charge of the team commented: “This is about getting us back on the beat so that local people can identify their own ward officers. “It’s going back to the old ways with a visible presence on the streets.”