The dogs, trained by CSP, are routinely sent out alongside the department's other specialized canines, which include dogs trained for bomb, arson and narcotics investigations. And CSP's reputation is growing:
It's amazing what their dogs can do, said Spokesperson Lt.
One graduate of CSP's electronics training program, named Thoreau, is now working with
How the department trains its animals is to remain a secret, Vance said, but doing so has proved very useful in finding additional information during investigations.
"It came to fruition because there are many times when criminal investigations are under way, especially, say for example, child pornography, and people have exterior hard drives they want to hide away from public view," he said. "When we go in with a search warrant pursuant to that investigation, we want to find all the evidence and all the information. They've been successful in locating electronics, we've used them in narcotics investigations to obtain electronics that may have narcotics records on them. There are many other reasons why the animal would be a great addition to law enforcement."
The CSP program was initiated several years ago, and as electronics become more prevalent in daily life, electronic-sniffing dogs could become more common.
In 2006, the
Colin has been writing for Government Technology since 2010. He lives in
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