Po­lice dogs can de­tect tech­nol­ogy

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

Two Bri­tish po­lice dogs have be­come the first out­side the US to be trained in catch­ing ter­ror­ists, pae­dophiles and fraud­sters.

Devon and Corn­wall Po­lice and Dorset Po­lice have trained two ca­nines to de­tect dig­i­tal stor­age de­vices, such as USB sticks, SD cards and hard drives.

Tweed, a 19-month-old springer spaniel, and Rob, a 20-month-old black labrador, have al­ready been as­sist­ing op­er­a­tions across the UK.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Jim Nye, of Devon and Corn­wall Po­lice, said: “This is a his­toric step for polic­ing in the UK.

“These dogs will give the po­lice a new way to fight the threat of ter­ror­ism, pae­dophiles and fraud­sters.

“Tweed and Rob have been used by po­lice at crime scenes and ex­e­cu­tions of war­rants, not just within Devon, Corn­wall and Dorset, but across the whole UK.

“The dogs have been used to sniff out data de­vices such as mo­bile de­vices, USB sticks, SD cards, hard drives and com­put­ers.”

The f orce l aunched a pi­lot scheme last year af­ter po­lice dog i nstruc­tor PC Gra­ham Attwood dis­cov­ered the first dig­i­tal stor­age de­tec­tion dogs were trained by the Con­necti­cut State Po­lice De­part­ment.

PC Attwood said: “My­self and mem­bers of the al­liance dog school ini­tially han­dled and trained Tweed and Rob, mainly in our own time, as we were com­mit­ted to our usual daily du­ties of train­ing the force’s other op­er­a­tional po­lice dogs.

“The ma­jor­ity of the dogs we have in the force ei­ther come from our puppy breed­ing scheme or are gift or res­cue dogs, but this was a unique chal­lenge for us so we iden­ti­fied and pur­chased Tweed and Rob last De­cem­ber when they were around 15 months old, and em­barked on this jour­ney with them.”


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