A CHANGING of the guard has taken place in Anstruther after a popular community policeman hung up his uniform after almost 30 years at the station.
PC Alan Nairn officially retired on November 25, after working out of the North Street building for 28 years and has been replaced by local woman PC Tracy Elder.
PC Elder (36) has made her way back along the coast after working out of Kirkcaldy for the past 13 years.
The pair’s East Neuk and Landward supervisor, Sergeant Tony Doriano, said he was sad to see PC Nairn retire but welcomed PC Elder to his force.
Sgt Doriano added: “He (PC Nairn) will still be floating about in the community. He has been a popular figure for that long everybody knows him, so he is certainly ‘in with the bricks’ as they say.
“Tracy has taken over his mantle and will be getting involved, getting closer to the community, finding out their needs and their wants.
“You may perceive Leven to be busier in terms of anti-social behaviour and theft or whatever, but in each community the level of what goes on is all pertinent to what is happening there.
“It’s about knowing about what affects your community and that’s why having someone like Alan, and now Tracy, who are local, is the best way forward.”
PC Elder, a former Waid Academy pupil, has already started getting to grips with her new role and urged all residents to have their say on what the police’s priorities for the area should be by attending community engagement meetings, held every second month in either Pittenweem Church Hall or Anstruther Town Hall.
Of her new appointment, PC Elder said: “Alan has set me in good stead and, hopefully, being local will make it that bit easier to get the trust of people to let me help them and the area.
“At the meetings we usually ask people to pick their three main priorities they would like to see the police focus on. We can work on them, expand on them and then update people with our progress on our website and at the next meeting.”
The next Anstruther area community engagement meeting will be held on January 12, in Anstruther Town Hall at 7pm. Further details are posted under the ‘Policing your area’ section of Fife Police’s website at www.fife.police.uk