Meet Britain’s first digital device detective dogs

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You may think your phone doesn't smell, but the newest additions to the Devon and Cornwall Police force would beg to differ. They might also beg for table scraps.

The UK police force is trialling its first pair of digital storage detection dogs. In layman's terms, they're sniffer dogs trained to detect hidden storage devices like SD cards and they track the very faint scent of a particular chemical used in storage drives. This ability is very useful in a various number of investigations, as the dogs can find tiny hidden devices much faster than human investigators who'd usually have to comb through all the nooks and crannies of a building looking for something potentially as small as a fingernail. Read more...

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