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Fife Constabulary praised in report

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Image caption Fife Constabulary have been found to be performing well

Fife Constabulary are performing well, with falling crime levels and rising detection rates, according to the latest inspection report.

It found the force had also maintained police officer numbers while embarking on a significant programme to manage a reduction in budget.

Fife Constabulary could do better in areas including more informative performance reports.

It said steps to reduce domestic abuse and hate crime were also needed.

The Best Value Audit and Inspection: Fife Constabulary and Fife Police Authority is a joint report from the Accounts Commission and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland (HMICS).

Single force

Andrew Laing, Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary, said: "Fife Constabulary does a good job for the people it serves.

"The force is delivering on its long-term strategy of taking policing closer to the community."

John Baillie, chairman of the Accounts Commission, said: "Fife Police Authority performs well.

"There is room for improvement in its scrutiny of the force but the new police transition committee set up to oversee the move to the single force has positive momentum and this needs to be maintained in the months ahead."

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