The mission of Neighborhood Electronic Detection K-9 Inc. is to provide fully-trained Electronic Detection K-9s to law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.
- We will place electronic storage detection dogs with departments or agencies that actively investigate a large amount of internet crimes against children. When applying for an ESD K-9 -- if you are an agency that will investigate in multiple cities, counties, or districts -- you can combine information from surrounding jurisdictions to increase the case numbers.
- When we review applications for K-9s, we look to place ESD K-9 teams in areas with the greatest need.
- When we review applications, we consider the applicants’ proximity to other ESD K-9 teams when deciding where to place a new team.
- We do not place ESD K-9 teams with volunteer organizations or with private investigation firms.
- Applications are reviewed annually and K-9s will be donated as funds allow.
- Applicants that are not chosen will have their applications kept on file for consideration in future classes and will be considered as a replacement for an ESD K-9 recipient who is unable to attend a class.
- Applicants do not have to reapply each year. However, applicants may be asked to provide updated caseload numbers if they have been on the approved waiting list for several years.
Detective Ian Polhemus of the Seattle PD has utilized K-9 "Bear" on 71 search warrants in the past year. Of those 71 warrants, K-9 "Bear" located 21 devices that law enforcement had missed. Without the availability of the K-9, these are thousands of victims that may have been unidentified and child predators that may not have been arrested.