Hurych did a four-year stint in the Navy before World War II, but when the war began, the Chief of Police in Berkeley wanted him to stay on the home front as a policeman. The chief told Hurych that one more man overseas wouldn’t matter so much, but he could make a big difference in Berkeley as a policeman. The chief requested that Hurych not be called up again. Hurych remained in the Berkeley Police Department for 25 years.
The Berkeley Police Department possessed one of the first two radios to broadcast from the police station to the officers on patrol. Pennsylvania possessed the only other system. The only problem with the radio was that everyone else could tune in to the AM broadcast, and crowds would gather at the scenes of the crimes.