We’ve already got bobbies back on the beat in Kirkcaldy, and now they are getting out and about on the buses!
The new Kirkcaldy community police team has been building up relationships with the public in its new role by travelling to and from jobs in the town on public transport, in a new agreement with Stagecoach Fife.
And, as well as being a practical commuting solution, the practice is proving a big hit with passengers who not only say they feel a lot safer with officers on the bus, but also take the opportunity to voice their concerns or inform them of problems in their neighbourhoods.
PC Gavin Kaye, who is responsible for the Kirkcaldy east area, said: “The greatest exchange of information is when we are standing waiting for a bus at the bus stop.
“Maybe people wouldn’t flag you down on the street, but if you are standing at a bus stop, they are quite happy to speak to you.
“We are using the buses every day to get to work then to get about around the town, and the bus network is really good.
Maybe people wouldn’t flag you down on the street, but if you are standing at a bus stop, they are quite happy to speak to youPC Gavin Kaye
“We are never too far away from a bus, and it is helping to improve safety on public transport, which is a good spin off.
“The bus drivers are very welcoming to us and they see it as a very positive scheme.”
Sergeant Jimmy Adamson, who is in charge of the community policing team, added: “This is a really good partnership working arrangement. We are getting free travel and it is raising our profile too.
“The Burntisland officers are going back and forward on the trains too and it is giving us a visible presence there too, and we can work with the British Transport Police.
“It is working really well and we hope the public will support us and take the opportunity to speak to us on the buses and trains.”