Hundreds celebrate 175 years of Hertfordshire policing

PUBLISHED: 11:21 28 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:33 30 September 2016

Vintage police cars at the 175th anniversary celebration

Vintage police cars at the 175th anniversary celebration


Hertfordshire Constabulary’s historical society teamed up with Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies to celebrate the force’s 175th anniversary.

Hertfordshire ConstabularyHertfordshire Constabulary

The anniversary celebration took place at County Hall in Hertford on Saturday, September 24, with hundreds of people attending.

Attractions on the day included several vintage police vehicles, which were brought along by their private owners. Among them was a white Ford Zephyr, used in service during the 1960s, which was provided by the Ford Heritage Museum in Dagenham.

Officers from the East Herts Safer Neighbourhood Team attended the event, along with officers from the Beds, Cambs and Herts Armed Policing Unit and Dog Unit.

Several retired police officers also attended, including 87-year-old Derek Christopher from Hemel Hempstead.

A vintage Ford Zephyr and the 175th anniversaryA vintage Ford Zephyr and the 175th anniversary

Superintendent Richard Liversidge said: “It was fantastic to see so many retired officers in attendance, many of whom donated items of historical interest to the Constabulary.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came together to help make this day such a success.

“In particular I’d like to thank Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS) for working with us on this project and hosting the event at County Hall, along with those who privately own former Constabulary vehicles and took the time to bring them along on Saturday.

“Thank you also to everyone who gave talks on the day, which provided more detail about the history of the force.”

Teresa Heritage, cabinet member for public health, localism and libraries at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “I was privileged to have been asked to open this special anniversary event marking 175 years of Hertfordshire Constabulary.

“It was a wonderful event. I learnt some fascinating facts about the history of the constabulary.

“I’d like to congratulate the constabulary’s Historical Society and Hertfordshire Archives for all their hard work in putting the event together.”

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