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Fife Constabulary
Logo of the Fife Constabulary.
Agency overview
Formed 1949
Employees 1684
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Council Area of Fife in the country of Scotland, United Kingdom
Map of Fife Constabulary's jurisdiction.
Size 1,325 km²
Population 356,740
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Glenrothes
Police Officers 1027
Special Constables 119
Agency executive Norma Graham, Chief Constable
Divisions 3
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.
Fife Officers with Tiger Woods at 2005 British Open Golf.
Fife Constabulary HQ, Glenrothes

Fife Constabulary is the territorial police force responsible for the Scottish council area of Fife.

The area policed by Fife Constabulary has a resident population of just over 350,000, almost a third of whom live in one of the three principal towns of Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes. The force was established in 1949 following the amalgamation of the originally independent Fife County, Dunfermline City and Kirkcaldy Burgh police forces [1]. Then the number of Police Officers totalled 345, supported by 26 civilian staff. During 1949 officers dealt with 7,492 crimes and offences. The current establishment of the Force is 1027 Officers, who are assisted by 119 Special Constables and approximately 538 support staff. Fife Constabulary currently deals with around 65,000 crimes and offences annually.

The Chief Constable is responsible for ensuring that the deployment and organisation of personnel is consistent with the demands on the Force. Operational resources are allocated according to the needs of local communities and are complemented by professional administrative and support staff.



Fife Constabulary is divided into three Territorial Divisions; Western Division, Central Division, and Eastern Division.

Western Division has a population of approximately 133,000 and its Divisional HQ is in Dunfermline. It is home to the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan Castle, Kincardine-on-Forth. Western Division is headed by a Chief Superintendent and a Superintendent.

Central Division has its HQ in Kirkcaldy. It is the smallest of the three Divisions but the most densely populated with 148,000 residents. Central Division is headed by a Chief Superintendent and a Superintendent.

Eastern Division is the largest of the three but has the smallest population of some 69,000. Major concentrations of population are Cupar, home to the Divisional HQ, and St Andrews. Eastern Division is headed by a Superintendent and a Chief Inspector.

Force Headquarters

The majority of Fife Constabulary's departments and specialist units are based at modern, purpose-built Headquarters, situated at Detroit Road in Viewfield, Glenrothes which were opened on 25 March 1996. They replaced the previous building at Dysart which had been the HQ since 1975. The current Headquarters includes modern office accommodation, training facilities, lecture theatre, library, garage & communications workshops, television studio, gymnasium, and an indoor firearms range. In 2004, a new Contact Centre was opened on the Headquarters campus, enabling the Force to bring together under one roof the call handling and despatching services which had previously been dispersed across Police stations in Fife.

Regional police stations

Fife Constabulary also has police stations in Aberdour, Anstruther, Auchtermuchty, Ballingry, Burntisland, Cardenden, Cowdenbeath, Cupar, Dalgety Bay, Glenrothes, Inverkeithing, Kelty, Kennoway, Kincardine, Leven, Levenmouth, Lochgelly, Oakley, Rosyth, Tayport and Wormit.


  • Traffic Officers from the Force made an appearance on the UK motoring show Top Gear, during the Caterham Challenge, pulling over the show's test driver, The Stig, and arresting him for speeding. Because of this, the presenters won the challenge.

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