Tributes have been paid to a former Fife detective chief inspector, who has passed away.
Andrew ‘Girdy’ Girdwood served Fife Constabulary and Police Scotland for 30 years, and spent much of his career in CID.
Chief Superintendent Derek McEwan said Mr Girdwood had carved out a reputation as not only an “outstanding detective” but a “witty, energetic and genuine personality who influenced the lives and careers of so many officers”.
“Andy is considered as one of the most well-known and universally well regarded officers in Fife policing history,” he said.
“He left a lasting impression with anyone who had the opportunity to work with him and, more often than not, he would also leave them with a story to tell.
“Such was Andy’s passion for policing and public service that it inspired the next generation with his son proudly following his dad’s footsteps as a detective constable in Fife Division of Police Scotland.
“News of Andy’s passing has provoked a great sense of loss throughout the police family in Fife and we take comfort in sharing the many memories we have of him.
“I know that Andy’s family were a source of immense pride and support throughout his career and my thoughts are very much with his wife and three sons at this difficult time.”
Mr Girdwood’s funeral will be held at 1.45pm on Monday July 1 at St Bryce Kirk, Kirkcaldy, and all those who knew him are welcome to attend.