At Stevenage Police Court on 15th August, the Chairman said that he had been asked through the Chief Staff Officer of the Special Constabulary to state that there was a dearth of Special Constables. He wished to appeal to the patriotism of the district to try and supply enough to fill the vacancies. The fewer there were the more arduous the duties of those who had to do them.
In the villages where there was no Police supervision in uniform to be seen, there was a state of things not quite desirable. In the absence of protection, many things – private property for one – suffered. The mere patrolling of roads and streets was not enough, and if more Special Constables were provided these details could be looked into. The rights of private property (not in this county alone) were infringed upon; therefore it was very desirable that the public should come forward now that they knew there was a necessity for it.