Hertfordshire Police Historical Society
This Week In History
The construction of the new divisional police headquarters and renovation of the sub-divisional police station at Watford was completed on schedule at the beginning of the year. The move from the temporary accommodation at Addiscombe Road School back to the Shady Lane site took place on Sunday, 11 February 1979. The building was ofﬁcially opened on 14 June 1979 by Lord Lieutenant, Major General Sir George Burns, K.C.V.O.,C.B.,D.S.O.,O.B.E.,M.C., who also unveiled a plaque in the new building.
At Hertford Assizes yesterday, before Mr Justice Avery, Albert Ginger was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment for stealing a sheep at Hemel Hempstead. It was stated that when Police called at the home of his brother who had been concerned with him, he had run out of the house and was later found dead hanging from an oak tree. The judge said that many years ago persons convicted of sheep stealing were hanged. The prisoners’ brother apparently meted out to himself that punishment.
Watford Petty Sessions John Battams of pickets end, Hemel Hempstead, was ﬁned 10 shillings and costs for being asleep while in charge of a cart on January 27 in Watford. This was the 22nd time he had been up for a similar offence.
A Police Sergeant from, St. Albans Division for displaying excellent leadership and organisational skills in mounting an operation to apprehend the offender. The Sergeant was confronted by the offender, who was using a Pit Bull Terrier as a weapon. Despite the extreme danger he faced, the Sergeant disabled the man and helped distract the dog by use of CS spray. The man was then arrested. A Constable from, St. Albans Division was confronted by the offender who was using a Pit Bull Terrier as a weapon. Despite the danger he faced, The Constable helped to disable the man and distract the dog by use of CS spray. The man was then arrested. A Constable Paul from, Headquarters, Dog Section For displaying courage and tenacity in an extremely dangerous situation at a gypsy site. Despite the risk to his own safety, the ofﬁcer attempted to ﬁght off a Pit Bull Terrier, which had attacked his police dog. A second Constable from St. Albans Division For displaying courage and tenacity in an extremely dangerous situation at a gypsy site. The ofﬁcer’s actions clearly prevented serious injury being sustained to a colleague and his police dog. A Constable from Headquarters, TFU For calm decisiveness in a dangerous situation. The ofﬁcer’s actions clearly prevented serious injuries being sustained to a colleague and his police dog. A second Constable from Headquarters, TFU For remaining calm in a dangerous situation and supporting his armed colleague in order that he was able to take decisive action. (General Order 7 of 2000) 17/2/1999
An Inspector from East Herts Division, a Constable from East Herts Division and a second Constable from East Herts Division For exceptional courage in saving the life of a man determined to commit suicide by jumping from the A10 Ware Viaduct. (General Order 7 of 1999)