Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New type of police dog finds computer storage

Image from providencejournal.com
Police dogs are hard working four-legged officers who do everything from find missing people to detain suspects. Lately, a new type of police dog has joined the ranks. These dogs are trained to sniff out computer components, and can find hidden flash drives and other storage devices.

Flash drives and memory cards are so small that criminals can hide them in places impossible for a human to find. Many hide them in ceiling tiles, radios, or similar. And, they can contain all forms of evidence necessary to arrest and convict a criminal.

Rhode Island is the second state in the USA to have a police dog trained to find technological gadgets. His name is Thoreau, and he is a golden Labrador with 22 weeks special training. He has already proven his worth through finding a flash drive hidden four layers deep in a tin box inside a metal cabinet - a discovery that helped officers secure an arrest warrant.

Thoreau trains every day, and gets food in exchange for his hard work. His original training comes from a Connecticut program that currently trains more than 60 dogs in various types of detection work.

~ Maria Sadowski ~


  1. That is super cool! We talked to our teacher last night about nose work and other scents. Finding these would be the same training we are doing basically, just a different scent.

    1. This is really cool. I didn't know computer storage had a special scent to it, but I guess. I'm impressed!