A CHIEF Superintendent who started his police career in Keighley is retiring.

Paul Hepworth spent five years as a patrol officer in the town after joining the force in 1990.

He then became a firearms officer in Bradford and in 1996 was awarded a national police bravery award after he saved the lives of a woman and child who were being threatened by a gunman.

For the past three-and-a-half years he has been based in Wakefield, latterly as district commander.

“I have been very proud to serve as a police officer for 30 years,” he said.

“It has been a really hard decision to retire, as I love policing and the results we produce in keeping people safe and in taking criminals off our streets.”

Chief Supt Hepworth is moving into education and will work with children in the Bradford area.