Stepping down: the ‘sarge’ with a mission to make our roads safer

Target Pic's 1,2. Sgt Ian Hutchinson of the Calderdale police dog section is pictured with Bobby. Pic's 3,4. The arrest takes place of two young people. Pic's 5,6. PC Chris Boyd is pictured with the new digital camera attach
Target Pic's 1,2. Sgt Ian Hutchinson of the Calderdale police dog section is pictured with Bobby. Pic's 3,4. The arrest takes place of two young people. Pic's 5,6. PC Chris Boyd is pictured with the new digital camera attach

HE has been helping make Calderdale roads safer for years but now Sergeant Chris Boyd is bidding farewell.

The former head of Calderdale Roads Policing Team is retiring after 30 years.

He joined what was West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police in May 1981, training at the police centre at RAF Dishforth before being posted to Sowerby Bridge police station.

Sergeant Boyd moved to the Brighouse sub division in 1983 and worked there until transferring to the road traffic team in Bradford in January 1997.

He moved to the Halifax roadeam at the end of 1999 and was promoted to head of Calderdale Roads Policing Team in 2009.

In April this year, after a force restructure, he moved to the Western Area Roads Policing Unit, which covers Calderdale.

He said he wanted to police the district’s roads because he wanted to make a difference.

He said: “People have varied opinions of traffic cops. One of the principal duties of any police officer is to protect life.

“As well as dealing with the modern mobile criminals, road-policing officers are there to reduce the number and severity of casualties resulting from collisions. We also help to pick up the pieces when it still goes wrong.

“If we do this right, we can make a difference, and that’s why I wanted to do it from quite early in my career.”

He said the highlight was the time he spent as head of roads policing in Calderdale.

Sergeant Boyd added: “I have been privileged to work with and for, many fantastic people, throughout my 30-and-a-half years, both from within and outside the service.

“I’d particularly like to acknowledge my own staff from the Calderdale and Western Area teams for their efforts.

“The job involves long hours and some incidents I have been involved with have been both horrifying and emotionally draining.

“It is then that you need the support of not only your colleagues, but your friends and family.

“I’ve been lucky to have both. The job has also given me my best friend, wife Kay, who is a Detective Sergeant at Operation Topaz, West Yorkshire’s dedicated Rape Investigation Unit. We have a son, David , in his final year at university.”