Chief Davis Pleased to Introduce Latest Crime Fighting Resource: K9 Browser

Browser is a certified electronic detection canine and is trained to find electronic media storage and other digital devices such as hard drives, USB drives and cell phones. He finds these items by detecting a distinct chemical found in electronics. Browser can pinpoint where the electronics are and can find devices as small as a microSD card.   

Browser was purchased thanks to a donation from a community partner. He received several months of initial training from the vendor and spent an additional 40 hours with his handler, Detective Ray McCoy. To fine tune their skills, the pair completed another 200 hours of training sponsored by a federal partner. When they are not conducting a search, Browser and Detective McCoy continue to train twice a day to keep their skills sharp. The pair train more than double the number of hours required per month.   

Browser and Detective McCoy are assigned to the Child Exploitation Unit in our Major Crimes, Cyber and Forensics Bureau. Browser is a valuable member of our team. He helps detectives quickly locate electronic storages devices and finds items that may have otherwise been difficult to discover. During a search, K9 Browser is led by his handler. If he finds a device, he sits down and is rewarded with food. An example of the excellent work Browser performed since becoming a member of the Department took place in August. Browser and Detective McCoy were called to help a Fairfax County Probation and Parole officer search the home of a registered sex offender. During the search, Browser alerted on a bag. The probation officer found a hidden device that had inappropriate recordings of women from a neighboring jurisdiction.

Browser is only one of only two electronic detection canines in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Thus, he and Detective McCoy help other jurisdictions when needed. Browser and Detective McCoy also help the Northern Virginia Washington, D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with search warrants related to investigations involving child sexual exploitation materials. With the help of Browser, we have been able to expand our investigative functions and abilities with cases involving digital media. Over the last year, K9 Browser and Detective McCoy participated in more than 50 operations associated with criminal investigations conducted by our Department and our regional partners.  

When Browser is not working or training, he is a beloved office companion and member of the McCoy family.  We are excited to share Browser with our community and are confident he will continue to help combat online child exploitation and hold dangerous offenders accountable. Watch this short video to learn more about K9 Browser.

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