WHY ELECTRONIC DETECTION K-9s ARE SO IMPORTANT
Innocent Victims of Internet Crimes:
Most victims of internet crimes don’t just face immediate danger, but have to face the reality that once their image is placed onto the internet and distributed online, their victimization sometimes never ends. This can lead to long-term psychological problems that have led to everything from poor self image, relationship difficulties and even suicide. In one investigation alone, K-9 “Bear” was able to locate a device that contained 80,000 images of child pornography. Had this device been missed by investigators, these victims would not have been discovered!
Benefit to the K-9s:
We have partnered with Jordan Detection K-9, the company who trained K-9 “Bear” and several other K-9s currently working in the United States, to provide our donated dogs. This company specifically utilizes rescued labrador retrievers for their training program. By utilizing rescues and other organizations to obtain dogs for their program, we are not only saving innocent victims of child pornography, but we are also saving dogs that would have otherwise been euthanized or continued to stay in poor situations. The dogs are rescued and trained in a loving environment, and once placed with a handler, will be given a purpose and remain with that handler in their "forever home."
Mental Health Benefits to Investigators and Victims:
Investigators working in child pornography cases often state that having to see the material and victims day in and day out takes a toll on their mental health and well being. We have been told by investigators who currently have K-9 partners that their stress levels and well being have greatly improved due to the companionship of the K-9. While the K-9 is a great tool in locating devices in cases, the dogs are also used in the office to help investigators decompress and get their minds off of the images and predators they deal with day in and day out. The K-9s have also been useful in the comforting of child victims during interviews, as well as de-escalating the scene during a search warrant involving child victims.
Additional Benefits to Law Enforcement:
When asking investigators of internet crimes against children if they believe they get all of the evidence at a search warrant, overwhelmingly they replied that they never feel as if they were able to locate it all. This fact weighs heavily on officers and investigators involved in these types of crimes. The use of the K-9 has added confidence and peace of mind to the investigators that they are locating all of the devices and are able to leave a scene knowing that victims haven’t been left behind. The K-9s save investigators time, as search warrants can often take many hours or even days to complete. Utilizing the K-9s help eliminate some of the time investigators have to spend in less than desirable conditions in some of these warrants.