State Police Detective George Jupin put canine Selma through her paces Tuesday morning looking for electronic devices. She is a one-of-a-kind Electronic Storage Detection (ESD) sniffing dog that can find hidden thumb drives, hard drives, computers, cell phones, and tablets.
Detective Jupin says three years ago the State Police canine unit, computer crimes unit, and crime lab came up with a groundbreaking way in which dogs could sniff out electronic devices.
We have a chemist named Dr. Jack Hubbal, and he was able to look at some of these devices and come up with a chemical used to train the dogs, and we put it altogether and it has been very successful and has been in the field for about three years.”
The canine unit took this chemical in its pure form, and trained Selma in the same way they would train a bomb-sniffing, drug, or arson dog.Related Content: Graduation Day for Electronic Storage Detection police dogs
Detective Jupin says this chemical is not harmful to her, or humans.
“It is a specific chemical that you are going to find on the computer memory chips that you’re going to find in devices such as thumb drives or sell phones or hard drives or tablets.”
The dog is in such demand that she could be busy 24 hours day, 7 days a week. The canine team assists federal agents, other State Police around New England, as well as local police.
As an example, they were out until 11:30 p.m. last night working a case that ended in an arrest. Usually, detectives go in first and remove all electronic devices that they can find, and then they call in Selma.Related Content: Connecticut State police train the first electronic storage detection dog
“Things that may have been concealed in a vent, or under a drawer, or under multiple layers of packaging, or concealed someplace, that is just out of your view or couldn’t be reached.”
The State Police have had requests from all over the world, including Australia, to train dogs for other departments. They have recently trained FBI dogs to sniff out media.