When it comes to keeping law and order on the streets of Kirkcaldy, it will be seen as familiar territory for the town’s new chief inspector.
For the new man to take the top job overseeing the Lang Toun, and that of the neighbouring Glenrothes area, Steven Hamilton, spent some of his formative years growing up in Kirkcaldy.
There have been many changes and new challenges since we progressed from Fife Constabulary to the national force, but the fundamentals of policing remainChief Inspector Steven Hamilton
A self-confessed Raith Rovers fan, CI Hamilton was born in St Andrews but was schooled at Fair Isle Primary in Templehall, later attending Auchmuty High School following his family’s resettling in Woodside, Glenrothes.
He joined the force as a teenager in 1990 and spent his first years policing the streets of Dunfermline, a busy patch which, he says, shaped him as an officer.
“There was a lot to learn as a 19-year-old and I certainly benefited from my time in Dunfermline developing the ability to cope with all that comes with this job,” he said.
“I learned a lot about people and how attitudes are different from person to person.”
He soon progressed to the Kirkcaldy-based CID team, before promotion to rank of sergeant and a move to Methil and north east Fife brought more experience of policing the diverse and contrasting communities across the region.
A role as inspector dealing with professional standards in policing followed before a return to Glenrothes as detective inspector, where some of his most high-profile successes were achieved.
Among them was his command of the year-long Operation Nominate investigation which resulted in the dismantling of Scotland’s biggest bogus builder gang responsible for over £2.5m worth of criminality.
Following in the footsteps of previous chief inspector Nicola Shepherd, who has become temporary superintendent to the force executive in Stirling, it’s that expertise of policing across Fife which is the bedrock for CI Hamilton’s style of policing.
“There have been many changes and new challenges since we progressed from Fife Constabulary to the national force, but the fundamentals of policing remain,” he said.
“The public want to feel safe and it’s important we give the public the confidence to feel exactly that. I relish my new role,” he added.