Bishop's Stortford police inspector Chris Hunt and sergeant wife Nicola retire after 60 years' service with Hertfordshire Constabulary – but daughter Annabel picks up the baton
Bishop's Stortford's neighbourhood police inspector and his sergeant wife have retired from Hertfordshire Constabulary following a combined 60 years' service.
Insp Chris Hunt, who is moving on to become clerk of Sawbridgeworth Town Council, and Sgt Nicola Hunt retired within the past couple of weeks, after spending the majority of their careers policing in East Herts.
Chris joined the force as a PC in 1992, having previously worked as a carpenter. His father had been a PC and Chris was honoured to take over his warrant number.
Nicola joined Herts as a special constable in 1988, stationed at Stortford. Two years later she applied to join the regulars and completed her probation at Stevenage, before moving to the Welwyn Hatfield intervention team, where she spent the next 10 years.
It was here that Chris and Nicola met and went on to start a family together.
After the birth of their second child in 2000, Nicola moved to work in East Herts, first with the intervention team and later the safer neighbourhood team (SNT). In 2006 she was named Safer Neighbourhood Officer of the Year at the Chief Constable’s annual awards ceremony.
After a short stint as an acting sergeant in Hatfield in the early 2000s, Chris followed in Nicola’s footsteps and landed his dream role as a SNT constable in East Herts. When asked by the SNT inspector at the time where he saw himself in 20 years, Chris replied: "Sitting in your chair!"
In 2014, his wish came true when he was promoted to the role of Bishop's Stortford's SNT inspector, where he remained until retiring last Thursday (August 5).
Meanwhile, Nicola joined the East Herts rural team as a PC before being promoted to sergeant in 2019. She retired late in July.
Speaking on the couple's behalf, Chris said: "Our time as police officers has been challenging but very rewarding and we’ve both met some lifelong friends.
"I'm proud to have followed in my father’s footsteps and now hand over the baton to my daughter, Annabel, who is a special constable where I started in Welwyn Hatfield.
"Meanwhile, Nicola and I are now looking forward to our new challenges outside of policing."
Nicola will be spending her retirement managing a building project with their son, Joseph, while Chris will begin his new role as Sawbridgeworth town clerk in September.
He has handed over the SNT inspector's reins to former Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth neighbourhood sergeant Mark Collins. Nicola’s successor will be announced shortly.