We are sad to say goodbye to James Farr, the Senior Analyst from Hampshire Constabulary Safer Roads Unit, who is leaving the force today after almost 15 years.
During his time with the police James spent most of his time involved in roads policing and camera enforcement, making him one of the longest-serving safer roads data analysts in the country.
He worked on many projects over the years from the local village 30 scheme to the project he designed and implemented with the New Forest Verderers, which was a great success in reducing animal casualties and serious injuries.
Despite his worthwhile role in reducing road casualties, James always dreamed of a career outdoors making a difference to the environment.
He is now following his dream and is about to begin a new job as a Catchment Sensitive Farming Advisor, where he will be encouraging farmers to use techniques which reduce the amount of nutrients, sediment and pesticides reaching our rivers.
He said: “I returned to university and studied part time for five years to get a first class BSc. Ecology in 2014. Over the years I have travelled to many Road Safety Support and other road safety events with a bag full of books about butterflies and seahorses!”
He added: “I will sincerely miss my colleagues at Hampshire Constabulary (and now Thames Valley also), many of which have become very dear friends.”
Simon Gomer, Manager of the Safer Roads Unit, said: "James has been professional at all times and steadfast in his approach to work and KSI reduction, even in the face of adversity, which is a great asset.
"It is a real shame to lose such a dedicated road safety expert but I know he will shine in his new role.
"On behalf of the team, I wish James all the very best in his career, in an area that is his passion."