Department of Corrections using K-9s to sniff out cell phones - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Department of Corrections using K-9s to sniff out cell phones

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Department of Corrections, much like the Spokane Police, is putting K-9s to work, however the department's K-9s are receiving some special training. Not only have these dogs been trained to sniff our narcotics, but now they can sniff out cell phones too.

The dogs the department is using right now are those who, months ago, might have been labeled as 'throw-away dogs.' The dogs come from places like SpokAnimal and the Humane Society and are dogs that no one may have wanted.

The department currently has three dogs cross-trained to find cell phones which are considered a dangerous device in the wrong hands.

Authorities say cell phones have a black market value of $1,000 in prison. Officials at the Airway Heights Corrections Center recall only one incident several years ago when an inmate was caught with a cell phone, still, they hope taking a proactive stance in finding these cell phones will help them sniff out trouble before it begins.

If you're wondering how the dogs can tell whether what the smell is a cell phone or not, even the trainers are not sure.

Trainers say they don't know if it's a certain odor the phone emits but do know that positive reinforcement works. They reward the K-9 every time a cell phone is found and not when they find anything else.


 

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