Currently only in the UK - US team will follow shortly !
SelectaDNA have teamed up with a specialist search dog company to train and use the first detection dog in the world to sniff out forensic markings.
Instead of locating drugs or human remains, the dog has been trained by Mick Swindells of Search Dogs UK to locate all types of SelectaDNA forensic markers on a range of objects such as metals including copper, lead and aluminium, electronic equipment and criminals themselves.
Complimenting existing police search procedures, Jazz is able to sniff for stolen metal in places like scrap yards, and stolen property during search warrants, where forensic markings are not immediately visible to the human eye.
As humans, we can only search in 2D ie. in the line of sight, but dogs can search in 3D by using their noses. They can be incredibly accurate, and can pinpoint their target to within a couple of centimetres, at which stage Police can use traditional search techniques, ie UV lights, to then take samples or identify the unique SelectaDNA code.
The search dog is able to touch the marked object with her nose identifying the target scent of SelectaDNA, allowing officers to move in at this point and make further investigations.
She has been assisting various UK police forces including the Metropolitan Police Service, Lancashire Constabulary and Merseyside Police in their fight against metal theft in particular.
The dog was deployed during the Metropolitan Police's week-long Operation Ferrous campaign, which resulted in more than 10 arrests, a scrap yard closure, and the recovery of £4,600 of Thames Water cable and 50kg of BT cable.