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A. Matthew Hufnal

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A. Matthew Hufnal is a “detective and 28-year veteran of the Haverford Township Police Department (Pennsylvania).  Prior to joining the HTPD, he was an officer with the Metro Transit Police Department in Washington D.C.  Detective Hufnal enlisted into the United States Marine Corps where he “served as a squad leader with the security detail for HMX-1, the "Marine One" helicopter squadron.” Detective A. Matthew Hufnal is the author of Hallissey!: The Incredible Life and Times of Haverford Township's First Chief of Police.

According to the book description of Hallissey!: The Incredible Life and Times of Haverford Township's First Chief of Police,  Hallissey was 30 years old Monday a week ago, so he has before him a future with plenty of room for more glory." So began a 1913 news article on Edward Hallissey, a legendary Pennsylvania lawman whose exploits with the State Police had made him a household name throughout the state. Sadly, that bright future would not be fully realized. Appointed as the first chief of Haverford Township in 1916, Hallissey continued his meteoric rise, building on an amazing streak of headline-grabbing arrests and investigations. His incredible career came to a spectacular end in April of 1921, when Hallissey, drunk and in full uniform, was arrested after driving on a Philadelphia sidewalk and then threatening the life of a Philadelphia police officer. Here for the first time, Chief Hallissey's incredible story is told.”

 

About the Haverford Township Police Department

The Township of Haverford Board of Commissioners established a Night Watch and Police Force June 5, 1916. When Ordinance number 77 of 1916 passed, it did "ordain" the Night Watch and Police Force would consist of one Chief of Police and not more than nine Policemen, one of whom may be appointed Sergeant of Police. The Departmental history shows the first Chief, Edward F. Hallissey, and the five officers initially hired did not have long-lived or prosperous careers. The Chief left the Department after only three years and ten months of service. His first recruits fared far worse. The first officer hired by the Township, George T. Neeli lasted ten days and the second officer hired completed four months. This four month stint was three months longer than any of his fellow hires. Ordinance number 77 also outlined the officers' duties. "Policemen shall patrol their respective beats during all of the time they are on duty and shall be governed in making arrests of all drunken, disorderly and suspicious persons by the laws of this Commonwealth, and by the Ordinances and Regulations of the Township. It shall also be the duty of Policemen to inspect the street lights maintained by the Township and to immediately report any lights not in good order and fu1ther to inspect all poles, lines and overhead wires and all streets and roads containing water, gas or other pipe-lines and to immediately report any defects therein or dangerous condition caused thereby, .. . "

 

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