In Australia, the New South Wales Police Force’s canine team have trained a 2-year-old black Labrador Retriever. Unlike most police dogs, Sylvia, the dog, was trained to detect blood.
After 8 months of intensive training, Sylvia developed and is still developing the capability to sniff out the presence of human blood in different policing environments.
Now, she is able to locate .02 of a milliliter of blood. She is also able to detect blood which is not visible at a crime scene and track people from a location through blood trailing.
The Lab can also sense the presence of both oxygenated and cadaver blood within buildings, vehicles, and different outdoor environments –even areas exposed to the elements.
Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione and Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Stuart Ayres, introduced the first accredited blood detection canine team. According to him, the investigative value of this new team is immeasurable.
“The introduction of the Blood Detection Dog Team expands on the extraordinary capabilities of the NSW Police Dog Unit,” Scipione said.“With the ability to potentially track people through blood trailing, the dog team will be able to provide swift assistance to help locate missing people or victims of crime who are injured.”
“On the flip side, the same tracking skill can be used to help quickly locate offenders who could pose a risk to the community,” he added. “In addition, the dog team can provide invaluable assistance to investigators and forensic police to locate important evidence at crime scenes, which may have previously been undetectable.”
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