Two Morristown Police Department detectives were recognized Thursday for their outstanding performance during 2012 with the annual “Top Cops” award.
Det. Phil Hurst, of the Crimes Against Persons Squad, and Det. Darrin Burchfield, of the Crimes Against Property Squad, were each presented with a certificate of achievement award for outstanding performance as the leading investigator on their respective squads by Morristown Police Chief Roger Overholt and Det. Captain Randall Noe.
The presentation was held during this week’s Investigations Division staff meeting.
Hurst, a veteran of more than 20 years with the MPD, and Burchfield, a more than 14-year veteran, were chosen by Noe based on a variety of criteria including performance measurements and supervisor review.
Overholt congratulated the two detectives and stated, “I commend these detectives for the contributions they make in our team effort.”
This is the sixth “Top Cop” award for Hurst, who received the award in 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
“I’m really grateful and blessed to have been chosen to receive this award again,” Hurst said.
It is the second award for Burchfield who first received the honor in 2009.
One of the cases Burchfield worked on this past year shut down a theft ring that involved four individuals stealing electronics from Wal-Mart stores in Morristown, Knoxville, Newport, North Carolina and Georgia.
“It’s work that we all do as a team. I’m excited to receive the award. It’s a good award,” Burchfield said.
Both Detectives’ names have been engraved on the “TOP COP” plaque housed in the Investigations Division to honor their achievements.
-From Staff Reports