Hall Calls it a Career After 44 Years on the Force

HYANNIS – After more than four decades of service to the community, Barnstable Police Department Detective Reid Hall officially retired from the force yesterday.

Hall has spent the majority of his 44 year career working with local youth as the department’s juvenile detective and later as the school resource officer assigned to Barnstable High School.

It was while at the school that Hall developed the Barnstable High School Student Police Academy, allowing students to learn about community policing, tour facilities, and meet the town’s officers.

At a brief ceremony in department headquarters yesterday, Hall already appeared wistful over his time on the force.

“I’m not ready, but in the civil service we have to retire when you’re 65,” he explained, “But I still have the fire in my belly, I still want to work with people, I still want to work cases. But time has run out.”

Detective Hall was also a long time member of the force’s Police Honor Guard, making countless appearances in parades, ceremonies and at events representing the Barnstable Department.

Hall wrapped-up his career with a final walk of his old foot beat along Main Street in Hyannis, giving his final radio call and sign off.  

“I just feel so happy,” he said, “I just feel truly blessed to have worked with these people over the years.”

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