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Patrolman Robert F. Hand | Cranford Police Department, New Jersey Cranford Police Department, New Jersey


Robert F. Hand

Cranford Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 11, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 19 years

Badge # 26

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Acquitted

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Patrolman Hand was killed in an automobile accident during a pursuit. He had attempted to stop the vehicle and lost track of it. Approximately ten minutes later the vehicle pulled out in front of him and he began to pursue it again.

During the chase Patrolman Hand's vehicle went out of control and crashed through the window of a glass store. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The suspect he was chasing was apprehended at a roadblock but was later found not guilty.

Patrolman Hand had served with the agency for 19 years. He was survived by his two sons and two daughters.

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R.I.P Patrolman Hand on this sad anniversary of your death.

Patrolwoman Valerie Smith
Kenilworth Police Department
February 11, 2012


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