Area Commander

Chief Inspector Irene Ralston is the Area Commander for Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath and is responsible for the daily management of local personnel and performance management.

She is supported by Inspector Ian Flynn who has responsibility for community engagement and partnership working in Dunfermline.

Chief Inspector  Ralston is also supported by Inspector Ian Stephen who has responsibility for community engagement and partnership working in Cowdenbeath.


West Fife

Dunfermline has a population of over 49,000 which is about 14% of Fife's population, the vast majority of which live in Dunfermline.

The population has grown in the last few years with the development of the eastern expansion into former agricultural land bordering the M90 motorway. When building is complete, the eastern expansion will have increased Dunfermline's population by about 17,500 and a similarly sized expansion to the west of the city is in the 20 year plan.

Previously a centre for textile manufacture and coal mining, Dunfermline's economy is now based on service and financial industries. This is in addition to engineering and light industry in the industrial estates, including Pitreavie and Carnegie campus.

The city centre area of Dunfermline includes Dunfermline Abbey & Palace and Pittencrieff Park, as well as a recently extended shopping centre. Dunfermline city centre is a designated Business Improvement District.

Situated within the city centre is Abbot House, which is Dunfermline's oldest house, dating from 1450AD and currently used as a heritage centre. Within the city centre is the 540 seat Carnegie Hall Theatre and the recently refurbished Alhambra Theatre which has been converted back to a theatre and live music venue.

Dunfermline Athletic FC play Scottish League football about half a mile east of Dunfermline Police Station in Fife's largest stadium on the A907. Pitreavie Athletics Centre with both indoor and outdoor tracks is situated at southern end of Dunfermline and there are a number of golf courses in the area.

Major employers in Dunfermline include: Amazon (online shopping distribution centre), BSkyB customer service centre and Carnegie College, which provides further and higher education courses in a variety of disciplines. Adjacent to the college is Carnegie Conference Centre, which can cater conferences for up to 300 people as well as staff training courses and meetings.

Cowdenbeath local area has a population of approximately 40,500 which equates to around 11% of the population of Fife. It includes the main towns of Cowdenbeath, Lochgelly and Kelty along with a number of smaller towns and villages.

The area consists predominantly of former mining communities with Mossmorran petro-chemical plant prominent to the south side of the town of Cowdenbeath. There is a large open cast coalmine near to Kelty.

Cowdenbeath has a Scottish League football team which plays at Central Park, which is also a venue for World Championship stock car racing.

South West Fife has a large and diverse field of responsibility including rural, urban and coastal areas. There are numerous industrial and business estates within the area which cover the whole spectrum of trade and industry from the financial sector to heavy engineering. Also, within the South West Fife area are the Marine Gas Terminal at Braefoot Bay, Naval and Marine facilities at Rosyth Royal Dockyard and Crombie, and Longannet Power Station.

South West Fife attracts visitors to a number of historical sites including Aberdour Castle and the Royal Burgh of Culross, which provides the most complete example of 17th and 18th century living in Scotland. In addition Knockhill Racing Circuit, which regularly attracts large crowds to such events as the British Touring Car Championships and Scottish Motorcycle Racing Championships, is situated in the South West Fife area.


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