Policing changes: Local Area Commander confirmed

Policing changes: Local Area Commander confirmed
Chief Insp Chris Stones will lead South West Fife policing

Police Scotland has confirmed the appointment of the Local Area Commanders who will be responsible for policing the seven areas of Fife.   The seven Local Area Commanders will assist Fife (Divisional) Commander Chief Superintendent Garry McEwan in deliving local policing throughout Fife.

In South West Fife Chief Inspector Chris Stones has been confirmed as Local area commander and has 23 years police service and has a background in Criminal Investigation and Community Policing. In recent years, he was the Fife Emergency Planning Officer and on promotion – the head of the Criminal Justice Department. Chris has been the local Chief Inspector for South West Fife since October 2012.

The seven Fife Local Area Commanders will all work closely with communities to reflect and address their concerns in localised multi member ward Policing Plans. These will be supported across Fife by the internationally-acclaimed Community Engagement Model, which allows local people, through public meetings and other consultations, to influence policing priorities.

Fife Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Garry McEwan, said: “I welcome the appointments of the Local Area Commanders by Police Scotland. These Chief Inspectors are all currently in post which I am confident will ensure a smooth transition to Police Scotland.   “The key message for the local people of Fife is that the high standard of policing currently provided will continue.  It is business as usual as far as I am concerned.”

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