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Sniffer dog tracks down child abuse images stored in hidden memory stick/ Mirror

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/sniffer-dog-tracks-down-child-3827241

Police dog trained to detect electronic circuitry finds well concealed memory stick bearing horror images

A man is in custody after a specialist police dog found a memory stick in a tin box hidden in a metal cabinet.

The memory stick was found to contain sickening images of child sexual abuse.

Police in Rhode Island, USA, say they got sniffer dog Thoreau from Connecticut police after the it completed months of training based on detecting gadgets in return for food rewards.

The dog’s handler, Det Adam Houston, said: “If it has a memory card, he’ll sniff it out.” He said the food-based reward system was how the dog ate “every day”.

But experts in Britain are not convinced. They say the reward system is open to abuse.

Maggie Gwynne, of Sniffer Dogs UK and International, said the practice is contrary to UK police training methods.

She said: “Offering a sniffer dog food in exchange for a ‘find’ opens the way for an abuse of the system – if its hungry enough it will take food from anybody, not just its handler and therefore defeats the object of the search.

“I don’t believe this is a field that any UK police dog would be trained in, and I personally have never heard of such a thing,” .

She said sniffer dogs are concerned with the detection of drugs, cash, firearms, explosives, and are used for conflict management and tracking criminals on the run or missing and vulnerable people.

It is unclear whether the dog can distinguish between a memory stick and other electrical equipment likely to be around a suspect’s house, like TV remotes, radios and computers.

Written by protectivemothersallianceinternational

July 14, 2014 at 3:16 am

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