After two years of working from the former St Albans City Police Chief Constable’s house whilst the 100 year old police station was demolished, a new building opened in January 1965 and the press were invited to have a look around. This picture shows the late shift parading on 12th January. This “staged” picture was not how things normally were as Inspector E. P. T. (Ted) Cook is shown conducting things: he would seldom be seen at parade. Others present are (from left to right), P.c. 325 Jim Collier, P.c. 780 John Weeks, P.c. 108 Maurice Neville, P.c. 619 John Seabrook, P.c. 76 Robin Banks, P.c. 488 Jim Gammon and P.s. Harry King.
Being January it was cold outside but Ted Cook had already insisted that we should parade dressed ready to go onto the streets, including our greatcoats, as that was what was written in Standing Orders : in the cold and draughty old house, we never wore coats. In the centrally heated building and with the sun streaming through the windows (and with Harry King’s connivance) we stood there sweating and when Ted Cook and the photographer walked in, the latter asked why we were wearing coats. Ted immediately asked the same question so Harry King told us to take them off. Needless to say, we never wore them again for parade.
This picture was taken by a Herts Advertiser member of staff and appeared on the front page of the 13th January 1965 edition.