|Dogs are well known to have an acute sense of smell, and for that reason, many specially trained canines are used to help police officers do their jobs, from California to New York.
One such special dog works with police at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a golden retriever named "Sproul". The three-year-old was hired by UC police not to patrol the campus, but to help them respond to bomb threats. For that reason, she is trained as an expert in explosives-detection but continues to receive training to become a certified bomb-sniffer. Among other things, Sproul will be used to detect suspicious packages when high-profile speakers come to the school.
In New York’s Ulster County, the Arson Task Force's Fire Investigation Unit gets a boost from Luke, the county’s first “canine accelerant specialist.” The two-year-old black Lab can identify seven of the most widely used ignitable liquids for setting fires. Handler Kingston Firefighter Garry Ashdown brags Luke can detect accelerants in their raw liquid or burned state – in minute quantities equivalent to one drop from an eyedropper. Luke was adopted from a shelter in Syracuse.