It saddens me to inform you that William (Bill) Tolhurst passed away with cancer on Monday February 7, 2005 at his home in Lockport, N.Y.

Bill was a unselfish man who did what he did not for himself, but for the good of others. Bill will be missed by so many of us, but the efforts and contributions he has made in the fields of law-enforcement and search and rescue will live on for ever. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following organizations in Bill Tolhurst's name:

American Cancer society

Niagara Hospice Inc. - 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, N.Y. 14094

Or you may make a donation to any search and rescue unit in need of your donation.

Preparing Scent Discriminating Dogs For The Future

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Specializing in research to advance these dogs in law enforcement and search and rescue including: Scent evidence collection procedures, handling and long term preservation.

The Man Behind It All

Bill, Candy & Comanche     William (Bill) Tolhurst , is one of the longest active working dog handlers in the Country. He is a man who learned from some of the giants in the bloodhound field, Dr. Leon Whitney, D.V.M. and William (Sy) Horton, N.Y.S.P., a couple of the greatest bloodhound people who ever lived. Lawman and Animal lover, Bill Tolhurst is recognized worldwide as one of the foremost authorities on mantrailing bloodhounds. his life of public service has included many search and rescue operations, both human and animal.
His interest in bloodhounds and their abilities has led him to do important and much needed research. His inventions to collect and preserve scent, his various training devices and techniques that he developed are in use by police agencies all over the world. Being a speaker and instructor has earned him numerous awards of recognition and appreciation from agencies in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Awards have even been named after him and his dogs.

Bill is:
  • Three times Past President of the National Police Bloodhound Association, 1972-1975
  • Training Officer for N.P.B.A. for 14 years Bill and Tipper
  • Author of the first N.P.B.A. Training Manual, 1977
  • Two time winner of the Joe B. Marcum Award, 1966 & 1978
  • Author of: Man Hunters, Trail dogs of the Big-T, 1984
  • The Police TextBook for Dog Handlers, 1991
  • The Silent Witness sent, 2000
  • Host of Video tapes, The Forgotten Evidence 1989
  • and Cadaver Recovery for Law Enforcement 1990
  • President of North American Search Dog Network, 1991
  • Inventor of the STU-100 (Scent Transfer Unit)
  • Founder and Chief of the Niagara County Sheriffs Department's Special Forces Unit.
  • One of Bill's proudest possessions is a letter of his acceptance to the
    Vidocq Society, he is one of only eighty two "full" members world wide.
  • and recognized as one of the world's foremost authority on Mantrailing Bloodhounds.

    He still trains Bloodhounds, Labradors and other breeds for specialty scent work in Law Enforcement and conducts research for the advancement of scent dogs.

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