Notable Events In Week Three

Ian Curley

Officers Pay 1901

Hertfordshire Police Historical Society

This Week In History.

14th to 20th January


Hertford Mercury and Reformer 14th of January 1843
Reports of Chief Constables
It will be recollected that the Marquis of Salisbury, at the late quarter sessions, objected to the report of the Chief Constable, on account of its furnishing a comparative statement of the cases of sheep stealing and convictions before and since the introduction of the police force. We observe that at the Suffolk and Norfolk epiphany sessions the Chief Constables presented similar reports, and that they were received with courtesy, and gave much satisfaction. The anti-police Magistrates in these counties never exhibit their dissatisfaction in attacks upon the officer, who is performing an owner’s duty. They oppose the force fairly, and never seeks to make it obnoxious by embarrassing the executive. This appears only to be done in Hertfordshire ! No very creditable distinction.


Training of Probationer Constables. Training and instruction will in the future be given by separate officers. One officer will instruct in drill, physical exercises, ju-jitsu and kindred subjects, while another will undertake instruction in police duty and all educational subjects. An instructor is required for the educational subjects. The Chief Constable is prepared to consider applications for this post from any serving member of the force with not less than five years’ service. The officer appointed will be given assistance in his work and to be becomes proficient. (General order 12 of 1924)


Footprints clue

A trail of footprints in the snow leading from one house to another in Carpenders Park ended in the arrest of a juvenile, 17, of Penrose Avenue, Carpenders Park. Mrs Nye returned from work on January 1 and found among other things that her bedroom had been ransacked. She immediately called the police. When the police arrived they discovered footprints in the snow leading from Mrs Nye’s house to the kitchen door of the adjoining house, where the offender lived.


Commendation to an Acting Sergeant for quick thinking and brave actions in disarming a woman who was lunging out with a knife at bystanders.

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