P/2421 A/Sgt R Hall, MFP

 later Chief Constable Rotherham Borough Police

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From the Police Review date not known.

Robert Hall joined the Sheffield City Police in 1911, and was on patrol duties until January 1912, when he was for a period of seven months on plain clothes duty.   From August, 1913 to April 1913, he was a clerk in the Divisional Superintendents Office and he then went into the Chief Constable’s office in a clerical capacity.   Between November 1915 and January 1919, he saw war service in France and Italy.   (He was No. P/2421 A/Sgt Robert Hall, Military Foot Police, no army or pension records found.   He served abroad from 17/7/17 to 11/11/18.   Awarded the Victory and War Medals).

He returned to the Force on demobilisation, and was promoted Sergeant in 1921, but remained in the Chief Constable’s office until 1923, when he was promoted Patrol Inspector in the city’s industrial area.   From October 1926 to November 1929 he was appointed to the Central Decision which consists of four Inspectors, 12 Sergeants and 175 Constables.

During the years 1919 to 1920 Mr Hall assisted the then Chief Constable of Sheffield (Lieut. Col J Hall-Dalwood, CBE., barrister at law, in the compilation of the “Patrol Officers’ A.B.C.of which he was the first editor.   Since then 20,000 copies of this have been sold by the Police Review Publishing Co., Ltd.   He also assisted Capt P J Sillitoe ( Chief Constable of Glasgow and formerly Chief Constable of Sheffield), in revising the16th edition of Hasting Lee’s Constable’s Pocket Guide.

As an Instructor in the Sheffield Force, Mr Hall assisted the Chief Constable in organising a School of Instruction for intending recruits.   The activities of the School covered recruiting, selection, education;  instruction in all Police duties, drilling and supervision of all athletic activities.   During the period of his control the school was brought up to a high state of efficiency, and is now regarded as the Training Centre for Police Forces of the North Midlands,   In this centre Supt. Hall trained over 220 recruits from Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Newark and Chesterfield.

His experience has, therefore, covered every aspect of Police work, including those phases of administrative duties which are most closely associated with the office of Chief Constable.   The Central Division, it should be noted, includes all the civic buildings of Sheffield and as Superintendent he has been responsible for all Police arrangements connected with official visits to the City by members of the Royal Family, Cabinet Minister and other notables.

His experience of Police Court work covers the Assizes, Quarter Sessions, Petty Sessions and Coroner’s Courts.   In addition, he has been responsible for the preparation of evidence in support of Local Bills, and also evidence relating to traffic conditions.

Mr Hall’s close connection with the Chief Constables at Sheffield has given him experience he and a complete knowledge of Police finance, Home Office returns, licensing matters, preparation of estimates and all other duties appertaining to efficiency.   He has made a deep study of all methods of Police control, economy and administration.

As treasurer of the Police Recreation Society of Sheffield he has taken a deep interest in the social welfare of the men and their families.   The Police sports ground at Sheffield is considered to be one of the finest in the country.

He applied for the position of the Chief Constable of Wallasey and appeared before the Watch Committee on 9th January 1931, when Superintendent Ormerod of their own Force was appointed.   During the same month he also appeared before the Middlesbrough Watch Committee for the position of Chief Constable but the local applicant was chosen.   In both cases he was informed he was second on the voting.

In conclusion we would point out for the encouragement of your younger readers that Mr Hall was educated in a Council school and then by evening classes and private tuition fitted himself for promotion when the opportunity came.

He returned to the force as a constable after the war, and by his own efforts has attained to a high position in the service.

Police Review 1942.

Mr R Hall (Rotherham)

Mr Hall the Chief Constable of Rotherham who has been awarded the King’s Police Medal, joined the Sheffield Force in 1911.   After service overseas in France and Italy he returned to duty in the Chief Constable’s office in 1919 and was appointed Sergeant in 1921, still remaining in the Force, in 1923 he was promoted Inspector of the Brightside Division.   In 1926 he returned to Headquarters as Instructor of the Force and organised a School of Instruction for the selection and training of recruits for Sheffield and neighbouring Forces.   In 1929 he was promoted Superintendent in charge of Central Division, where he remained until he was appointed Chief Constable o9f Rotherham in 1932.   In Rotherham he has carried out considerable reorganisation in the Police Force and Fire Brigade, and early in 1939 completed the supervision of the erection of a new Fire Station and 24 Firemen’ dwellings at a cost of £40,000.   He has been responsible for the organisation of the whole of the Wardens Service and also the Auxiliary Fire Service until it was taken over by the National Fire Service.   He is the Area Correspondent for No. 3 Coordination Area of County, City and Borough Police Forces.

Robert Hall of 9 Belle Vue, Filey died on the 11th December 1955, age 65 years at the General Infirmary, Leeds.

Honours and Awards

Order of the British Empire, London Gazette 39104, page 13, 1 Jan 1951,

King’s Police Medal for distinguished service London Gazette 35586, page 2530, dated 11 June 1942.

Victory and War Medals, P/2421 A/Sgt R Hall, Military Foot Police.

Jubilee Medal 1935

Coronation Medal 1937.

Defence Medal

Coronation Medal 1953

Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal.

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