Seattle police hire K-9 that can detect electronics

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Bear's unique skills were called upon earlier this year, during a child pornography investigation at the home of former Subway pitchman, Jared Fogle.

SEATTLE - The Seattle Police Department has a new K-9, but he won’t be sniffing out drugs or chasing down suspects.

The black lab named Bear was hired to sniff out electronics. 

Bear is one of only three K-9s in the United States trained to detect electronics.

His unique skills were called upon earlier this year, during a child pornography investigation at the home of former Subway pitchman, Jared Fogle.

“He can sniff out SD cards, thumb drives, external hard-drives, iPads, micro SD cards,” said handler Todd Jordan.

Bear is trained to sniff out a chemical that's emitted from memory storage devices such as SD cards.

A room that would take investigators hours to search can be cleared by Bear in 10 minutes.

Bear will work with Seattle police detectives on child pornography cases.