K-9 handler honored by Elizabeth police

Officer Frank Hurst’s years of service draw praise

Chancy J. Gatlin-Anderson
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 6/7/21

South Banner Street in downtown Elizabeth was lined with police vehicles on May 25 to honor longtime K-9 Officer Frank Hurst and his three hardworking dogs, Radar, Bob and Carline. Hurst was awarded …

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K-9 handler honored by Elizabeth police

Officer Frank Hurst’s years of service draw praise

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South Banner Street in downtown Elizabeth was lined with police vehicles on May 25 to honor longtime K-9 Officer Frank Hurst and his three hardworking dogs, Radar, Bob and Carline.

Hurst was awarded with a police vehicle that was no longer used by the Elizabeth Police Department for his dedication to the department, and his three dogs were sworn in as official police K-9s.

K-9 handler Hurst has been a K-9 handler for over 20 years and has served the Elizabeth Police Department since 2017. In addition to his work with the department, Hurst is also the president and cofounder of the nonprofit organization Bloodhound Man trackers Inc.

He is also an invaluable asset to NecroSearch International Inc., a 501(c)3 multidisciplinary team of specialists dedicated to assisting law enforcement in the location of clandestine graves and the documentation and recovery of evidence (including human remains), according to their website.

Lastly, Hurst and his K-9 companions are involved with NCMEC, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Prior to the swearing-in of the dogs, Elizabeth Police Chief Melvin O. Berghahn shared the accomplishments of Hurst’s three faithful canines.

“Radar has been involved in 31 murder conviction cases, helped locate countless lost or missing persons, and has saved many from the elements,” said Berghahn.

He went on to praise Bob and Carline for their more recent accomplishments and their help in relieving Radar and in preparation for his retirement. “Bob, new to the team, has taken strides with training, learned from Radar, and has really taken the lead for Frank and his team as Radar looks to retire,” Berghahn said. “Carline, also new to the team, has taken on the responsibility only a bloodhound can take.” He anticipates that Bob and Carline will be extremely valuable assets to the team moving forward.

Radar, Bob, and Carline were all sworn in as official police K-9s by Elizabeth Town Clerk and Administrative Services Director Michelle Oeser. Each dog was awarded with a police badge that Berghahn affixed to their collars.

Hurst became teary as the sight of his long-loved dog, Radar, receiving his badge. Radar, being the oldest and most accomplished of Hurst’s dogs, is advanced in years and is nearing retirement.

Hurst expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the Elizabeth Police Department in his short speech following the swearing-in.

In a short interview with Lisa Hurst, wife of Frank Hurst, she explained how thrilled she was for her husband and the dogs to receive this honor. “Frank really deserves this,” she said. “He and the dogs are extremely dedicated.”

Following the K-9 swearing-in ceremony, Hurst was given the keys and framed title to the offline police vehicle to use in his future police work. Hurst and all officers present joined together in front of the vehicle for many congratulatory handshakes, hugs, and photos.

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