AN EMOTIONAL tribute has been paid to a police officer who recently passed away after fighting a "brave battle" with illness.

Constable Carol Crawford died on Sunday, October 4 and officers across Police Scotland and Fife Division will say their final goodbyes to her today (Friday).

Chief Superintendent Derek McEwan, the divisional commander for the Kingdom, commented: "Today, Police Scotland and Fife Division bid a heartfelt fond farewell to our much respected Constable, colleague and friend, Carol Crawford, who died on Sunday, October 4.

"Carol (Carol-Lyn) fought a brave battle with illness over a number of years and her loss will be felt by all of those who knew and worked with her.

"On Thursday, October 1, Carol, along with her parents David and Audrey attended Police HQ in Glenrothes and met with myself and other officers to say her farewells.

"At that time the wishes of all officers and staff, retired and present, were passed to her and she was thanked for her outstanding contribution to policing.

"All of our thoughts are with Carol's family and friends at this time.

"Carol will forever be remembered by the police family and those who knew her.

"Rest in Peace Carol."