Get to know your new community police officers

The Kirkcaldy community team. Pic: FPA
The Kirkcaldy community team. Pic: FPA

Meet the new Community Police Team for the Kirkcaldy area, which is hoping to pave the way for the rest of Scotland by going back on the beat.

The new team, which will provide a dedicated community service designed to keep people safe on the streets, started its duties this week.

Pairs of constables each have a set area to cover and will be there on a full-time basis, working with residents, community groups, schools and businesses to address concerns and build up working relationships with them.

And they will be holding pop-up events in supermarkets, shops and schools in the coming months to let people know about their role and how they can help.

The team inlcudes Ross Masterton and Michelle Murray who will cover Burntisland and Kinghorn; Gavin Kaye and Martyn Hayward in Kirkcaldy east; Mike Daglish and Mark McCulloch in the Central Kirkcaldy area, and John Weir and Amanda Garrie in Kirkcaldy north.

They will be overseen by sergeants Jimmy Anderson and Graeme Neil, with inspector Alan Seath in overall charge.

In the first few weeks, they will be out and about in their communities, introducing themselves to people and asking them what their priorities are.

Sergeant Anderson explained: “All of the officers in the Community Team have previous experience of working in the community but the difference with this pilot project is they will be in their communities full-time.

“Previously, before Police Scotland came into being, we had community teams, but they could be called on for other duties when required. Now they will be full-time in their own areas, so it will give local communities the opportunity to really get to know them and hopefully build up a relationship of trust with them, so they know who to look for when they need them.

“Each of the areas will have different priorities and they can be set through pop-up events and community engagement meetings, which will take place regularly. It will be the people living in these communities who will set the agenda for what they want to see happening.

“These are likely to be things like anti-social behaviour, drugs and traffic matters, including speeding vehicles.”

Inspector Alan Seath added: “We are going back to what we did before and the officers will be spending most of their time in their areas, using public transport and going to coffee mornings, shops and local offices to get their faces known. This is a pilot and, if it is successful, all of Scotland could follow our example.”

Anyone wishing to contact the Community Team should call 101 and follow it on Twitter @kirkcaldypolice