Many police K-9 units have bomb sniffing dogs, attack dogs, and search and rescue dogs, but Massachusetts State Police has a police dog who sniffs out cell phones and other electronic devices. Winnie, a 2-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever is one of only seven dogs in the United States certified in this ability.
Winnie is trained to detect chemical compounds used in the production of a variety of electronic devices such as cellphones, DVDs, USB drives, and SD cards.
Police report that criminals use electronic devices to make threats and they also hide their devices because they possess incriminating information.
"We can only find so much by a human or hand search, so the dog gives us one more ability, they can find stuff that we miss," said Winnie's handler, Trooper Christopher MacDonald told the Boston Herald.
Winnie debuted her unique skills Thursday at State Police Headquarters in Framingham, Massachusetts.
"She graduated on April 15 and has already been involved in about a half-dozen searches for the state police, recently finding a cell phone and an external hard drive that were 'integral' to the investigation," MacDonald said.
See Winnie alert her handler to a hidden cell phone in the video below:
Welcome to the MSP's newest addition. pic.twitter.com/B9vFvvHGbC— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) May 19, 2016
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