Christopher Hayes

VIC
2023

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As an experienced crash investigator, Senior Sergeant Chris Hayes is well acquainted with the devastating effects of fatal motor vehicle collisions. He is troubled by society’s collective acceptance of this tragic toll and believes that bold and innovative measures are key to designing a transportation network that does not kill or seriously injure its users. This wicked problem is what has drawn Chris’ career towards the specific challenge of how we can most effectively police Victoria’s roads.


Having joined Victoria Police as an adventure seeking 19-year-old, Chris' inquisitive disposition naturally led him to pursue a career in investigation. In his detective training phase, he was recognised by teaching staff for the pursuit of excellence and a high academic standard. These traits served him well. First, as a detective tasked with the investigation and disruption of organised crime networks, and then as a crash investigator with the Major Collision Investigation Unit.


Chris’ more recent work has focussed on evaluating, and improving, the systems designed to protect emergency services workers at the roadside; a location where these people are most vulnerable, especially while conducting enforcement activities.


Several of Chris’ investigative efforts have received formal commendation. In 2014, Chris was recognised as the Victoria Police Crime Command Detective of The Year, for his use of innovative investigative techniques to solve a fatal ‘hit and run’ collision. He is also the recipient of the Victoria Police Ethical Service Medal, the Victoria Police Service Medal, and the National Medal.


Chris has pursued further studies in his field and holds a Bachelor of Policing Investigations from Charles Sturt University, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Road Safety from Monash University.

Project

The NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust Churchill Fellowship to improve road user safety by assessing alternatives to enforcement on high-speed roads

The NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust Churchill Fellowship to improve road user safety by assessing alternatives to enforcement on high-speed roads

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