County approves contract for CCSO electronic detection dog
The county’s newest law enforcement member hasn’t yet arrived, but during their Aug. 13 meeting, County Commissioners approved an agreement with Neighborhood Electronic Detection K-9 Inc. for their assistance in acquiring a dog for the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office.
The dog is being funded by an anonymous $11,000 donation.
The dog is purchased and will be trained by Todd Jordan of Jordan Detection K-9.
Sheriff Jesse Slaughter said during the Aug. 8 work session that the county made a call inquiring about an electronic detection dog for use in Internet Crimes Against Children investigations.
The company had an anonymous donor from Montana who said the dog had to go to Montana and was on a first come first serve basis, so it was good timing, Slaughter said.
Slaughter told commissioners during the Aug. 13 meeting that CCSO also received donations for the travel, lodging and other costs associated with the training program.
He said the Exchange Club of Great Falls donated the deposit required to start the process.
North Forty has committed to donating dog food for the life of the CCSO canine program and Skyline Veterinary Clinic has is donating veterinary services for the life of the program, Slaughter said.
“This stuff doesn’t happen automatically,” Commissioner Joe Briggs said.
Commissioner Jim Larson asked what the dog would do and joked, “I don’t know how you train one to get on the internet.”
Slaughter said the dog can detect memory cards from electronic devices on a secondary search when law enforcement is investigating someone suspected of internet crimes, such as child pornography.
He said law enforcement would search a residence, office, etc. for devices containing evidence, but the small memory cards can be well hidden and the electronic detection dog would be able to sniff them out.
That will be the dog’s primary function, Slaughter said, but the dog can also be used to detect contraband electronic devices that have been smuggled into the Cascade County Detention Center.
An electronic detection dog was used in the investigation against former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle, Slaughter said.
CCSO will be the first Montana agency to have an electronic detection dog, Slaughter said.
Det. Angel Creech will be the dog’s handler.
Earlier this month, CCSO held a naming contest for the 2-year-old male golden retriever and the winning name was “Cade,” short for Cascade.
The dog is expected to arrive in Great Falls in November.