Harley will work with the Westchester County NY police and the FBI to sniff out hidden hard drives, thumb drives, SD cards, and other storage devices to help investigate and prosecute a wide variety of crimes, including terrorism, financial fraud, and child pornography.
Harley, a 2-year-old Labrador Retriever, was originally slated to be a guide dog, but she had too much energy. Now that excess energy is useful in her new crime fighting career.
She has been trained to detect the chemical that is used to cool the memory chips in digital storage devices. Who knew thumb drives had an odor?
Besides working with the Westchester County police, Harley and her handler, county police Detective Brett Hochron, will also support the work of the FBI Cyber Crimes Division.
According to County Executive Robert P. Astorino:
Harley will locate hidden or discarded electronics more quickly and efficiently than human searchers can do. No doubt there will also be times that Harley will ferret out items that may have been well hidden and might otherwise have avoided detection. Source
There are only a handful of these trained dogs at this time. A 2-year-old black Lab rescue dog named Bear played a key role in making the case against Jared Fogle, the pervert and former Subway spokesman.
During a search of Fogle’s home in Zionsville, Indiana, Bear found a well hidden flash drive that was vital to the investigation and his subsequent arrest and conviction for child pornography.
In this digital age both Harley and Bear are valuable members of law enforcement.