Patrolman Robert F. Hand

Patrolman Robert F. Hand

Cranford Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Tuesday, February 11, 1975

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Robert F. Hand

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.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 26

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Acquitted

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May God bless you and your family on this 46th anniversary of your LODD........You are not forgotten

Detective #40 (retired)
Cranford Police Dept

February 11, 2021

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