Harford Sheriff’s Office Now Home to State’s First Electronics Sniffing Dog

tablet-626090_1920 - pixabay - 5.27.20Sata, the electronic storage devices sniffing dog, will work with the Harford County Sherrif’s Office to help catch child sex predators and comfort victims. 

The dog, which is trained to find devices such as hard drives and cell phones, will work with the county’s Child Advocacy Center’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit. When not tracking down electronics, he will help comfort the victims of child sex abuse.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

[Detective Carey] Gerres explained that electronic storage devices give off a distinct scent that Sata is able to pick up through a sense of smell many times keener than a human’s.

[Sheriff Jeffrey] Gahler said Sata will assist with search warrants where needed, and his ability to pinpoint hidden electronics storing potentially illegal contents is a valuable tool for the agency. Criminals are clever in hiding evidence, sometimes, he said, and dogs like Sata are likely to become a trend in law enforcement.


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Harford County Sheriff’s Office gets Maryland’s first electronics-sniffing dog (The Baltimore Sun)