THERE is a new face on the team policing the roads across Calderdale. Sergeant Richard Hay has joined the Western Area Roads Policing Unit, charged with tackling road crime and boosting safety.
A former engineering student, he says he always wanted to be a traffic officer. He joined West Yorkshire Police 23 years ago after two years as a volunteer special.
He worked in Chapeltown in Leeds before joining the traffic unit at Holbeck, Leeds. He was promoted to become a sergeant in 2003 and worked in Castleford before working with the motorway unit, policing the M62 and M1.
On the motorways, he said he was often either dealing with a bump in slow-moving traffic or high-speed collisions.
When the force reorganised roads policing last year, the motorway unit was disbanded and Sgt Hay worked in the force control room and the Major Collision Inquiry Team before joining the Western Area Roads Policing Unit.
“I like to be out and about and it is a very interesting place to work,” he said.
Sergeant Hay’s wife is also a police officer, working with the child-protection unit in Ossett.
He enjoys mountain biking and windsurfing and has travelled across Europe with his hobbies.