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Video: Utah's First 'Porn Dog' Sniffs for Digital Child Pornography

June 28, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Utah's First 'Porn Dog' Sniffs for Digital Child Pornography

Law enforcement officers use K-9s and their keen sense of smell to help them find drugs, locate missing people, and help solve arson investigations. Now Utah police have a K-9 to find child pornography, reports KSL-TV.

On Tuesday, the Weber County (UT) Sheriff's Office introduced URL — pronounced Earl — as the latest addition to their fight against child pornography.

"He'll definitely find it. He has an incredible nose," URL's handler, Detective Cameron Hartman, a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, said during a demonstration Tuesday.

URL is the state's first electronic detection K-9. With a few simple commands like "seek" and "show me," URL on Tuesday was able to find small electronic devices — SD cards, SIM cards, USB sticks, thumb drives, and other items — hidden throughout a room in the sheriff's office for the demonstration. Some of those devices were completely concealed under other items.

He can also detect large devices such as cellphones, iPads, and tablets.

URL is trained to smell common chemicals found in devices that store electronic media, such as pictures and videos. Although he cannot specifically tell which devices contain child pornography, his main use will be to find small electronic devices that child pornographers may try to hide, thus earning URL the nickname the "porn dog."

URL has already been used to assist investigators serving search warrants in two task force cases, and he was able to find hidden devices at another house, Hartman said.

The playful 17-month-old black Labrador was actually twice given up by families to shelters before ending up with a law enforcement career.


Comments (4)

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Capt. Bligh @ 6/28/2016 3:39 PM

Can we train dogs to sniff out jihadists?

2283 @ 6/28/2016 6:58 PM

Wow "Concerned Citizen" you are angry. Did this article hit a sore spot for you? "wha wha wha, you cops are so mean to me". Grow up dude and stop playing the poor little victim role. People are getting really tired of that Bullshit. I wouldn't want you on a ride along. I couldn't stand listening to you bitch and cry for 11 hours about how the whole world has let you down. News flash, nobody owes you shit. GFYS you whining bitch.

Tetro80 @ 6/29/2016 11:44 AM

Please block Concerned Citizen.

LEO (RET) @ 6/29/2016 6:57 PM

2283, Well Said!!!!

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