Arthur Goodship was appointed as a Constable in Hertfordshire on 1st July 1913, when it is believed this photograph was taken.
Constable Goodship was commended following the conviction of a Samuel Williams, alias Allworthy, at Watford Petty Sessions on 24th December 1918 and committed for three months hard labour for ‘cycle stealing’.
The action of PC 185 Goodship was brought to the notice of the Chief Constable. The thief was reported to be an expert cycle thief and a member of a gang living at Bethnal Green, London. His detection and apprehension with the stolen property in his possession was due entirely to the manner in which PC Goodship exercised his powers of observation whilst on patrol duty.
Goodship retired on 1st July 1939 as a Superintendent.