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It has three detectives, two forensic analysts, and two analysts who investigate cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
“We are the processing and clearinghouse for every single cyber tip in Pennsylvania,” said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan.
And she has been “therapeutic” for him as well, Evans said.
Having her by his side is a break from the dark work of sussing out child predators, he said.
The dogs are trained to detect a specific chemical found in all electronics.
The mock detection was not Charlie’s first time exercising her talents.
In 2016, according to Whelan, more than 3,000 tips led to 300 arrests statewide, 29 in Delaware County.
As of July 1 this year, the national center had delivered 2,700 tips, 29 of which resulted in Delaware County arrests.
She was making her public debut as an “electronic-detection forensic K-9.” The first of her kind in Pennsylvania and one of fewer than two dozen nationwide, Charlie will be deployed with the Internet Crimes Against Children Pennsylvania Task Force, tasked with sniffing out small hidden electronics, from CD-ROMs to flash drives, in suspected predators’ homes.She was rewarded with her favorite tennis ball, which she readily accepted.“The trainer told me he looks for dogs that have a very high play drive,” said Nat Evans, a forensic analyst with the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division and Charlie’s handler, “meaning they want to go out, they want to play, they want to find — you know, her incentive is, ‘I find the smell, I get my toy.’ ” Training took place over four weeks in Delaware County, Ohio, with Azzi International Service for Dogs.Miller, a special agent in charge of Homeland Security in Philadelphia, said Charlie has “game-changing abilities.” “As technology advances, devices become smaller and smaller, and criminals are better able to hide the elements of their crime,” Miller said. During her training, the K-9 located a micro-SD card — roughly the size of a fingernail — under a carpet.
Evans, who has been with the department since 2009, said Charlie doubles as a family pet. He said his daughter has made a habit of kissing her good night.
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