New generation police dogs being trained to sniff out electronics

In today’s world, weapons and drugs are not the only key evidence.

Minnesota law enforcement has begun to actively train Labradors to track down small devices such as smartphones, USB drives, and microSD cards. The animal is able to recognize triphenylphosphine oxide – a chemical that is often found in electronics coatings.

During training, they are motivated by food until they begin to seek out the smell on their own in order to receive a reward..

New generation police dogs being trained to sniff out electronics

This skill is now important in dogs, police say, as key evidence of various crimes can be found on compact digital media..

We also previously reported that Massachusetts Police tested the Spot Robot Dog in their operations.

text: Ilya Bauer, photo: iStock

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