Police Train Dog to Detect Hidden Electronic Storage Devices

Dog Learns to Locate Storage Devices—Helps Police in Child Pornography and Fraud Cases

A Connecticut police officer has successfully trained a dog to detect electronic storage devices including flash drives, USB devices, laptops and digital cameras. The Connecticut police department has already successfully used the dog to locate external electronic storage devices containing evidence in child pornography cases, as well as murder and fraud investigations.

The biggest challenge, according to the officer who trained the dog, was identifying and isolating a single chemical that the dog could reliably identify, and that would be present in all or most types of digital storage devices. It took time, but police were able to find a single chemical common to all types of electronic storage units. They have indicated that they will not disclose the specific chemical, for fear that manufacturers will develop new technologies that don’t use it.

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