The new recruit
In September 1930, a young farm worker left Thetford, Norfolk, to take up a position in the Police Force in Hatfield. At 21 years of age, Sidney Sayers was to be paid 50/- per week while training, rising to 70/- on being posted for duty.
He was given a card to be carried in his police pocket book which gave instructions on the particulars required for the report of a crime, and instructions for making out personal descriptions. Click on the thumbnailto open the full-sized document
A successful P.C.
During a successful 5-year period in Hatfield he was twice commended.
In 1932 he arrested two men on charges of possessing housebreaking implements by night, and stealing bicycles. Three years later, he arrested another two men for the unlawful possession of a large quantity of cigarettes, etc, valued at £300. It was subsequently found they had been stolen from a warehouse in Bedford. Click on the thumbnail to open the full-sized document
Promotion and war-time policing
Car parts and CID training
In the summer of 1949, Sgt Sayers’ successful policing record helped him obtain a place at the Metropolitan Police Detective Training School in Hendon, where he joined officers from the Metropolitan Police, elsewhere in England and Wales, and around the Commonwealth.
After passing the final exams in the theory and practice of Criminal Investigation he moved to Hoddesdon. At this time he was also a Civil Defence instructor for Hertford Division.
In 1955 Sgt Sayers retired after 25 years of service.
As well as his commendations he held the Defence Medal and a long service and good conduct medal. According to an article in the local paper at the time of his retirement he was a keen gardener and bee-keeper and sang tenor in Hoddesdon Choral Society.
He went on to take up a post in Bishop’s Stortford as caretaker of the Civil Defence headquarters.