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Dogs That Sniff Out Electronic Devices Graduate From State Police Academy

Mar 18, 2019

Seven police dogs were part of the 200th graduating class of canine teams to go through special training to detect electronic devices.

The Connecticut State Police trained the dogs for departments from four different states. It was the first department in the world to develop a method for detecting electronic storage devices. This has helped with investigations into terrorism, child pornography, and organized crime.

Trooper Kerry Halligan was the lead instructor for the program. 

"They're put through a very in-depth selection process, and we choose just the very best dogs for this program," Halligan said.

The dogs are trained to smell a specific polymer that only memory devices have. State police have trained dogs from all over the world, including for the FBI and ATF.

"These dogs are going to go on to wonderful careers to help society," Halligan said. 

It was also a reunion for people who raised the yellow and black Labradors as puppies before they entered the 10-week training program.