#DealershipsGivingBack: A little over a month on the job, the Kenosha Police Department’s newest canine has already been busy.
Iris, the Kenosha Police Department’s electronic-sniffing Labrador, takes a break at Lynch Chevrolet of Kenosha, the car dealership that helped provide a transport vehicle for Iris and her handler, Detective Pete Deates.
A little over a month on the job, the Kenosha Police Department’s newest canine has already been busy.
Iris, a 2-year-old English Labrador retriever, is trained as an electronics detecting K9, used by Detective Pete Deates to sniff out electronic evidence like cell phones and memory cards when investigators are conducting search warrants.
Deates, an investigator with the department’s Sensitive Crime Unit, also works with the national Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, working on cases involving internet crimes against children, sex trafficking and possession of child pornography.
The detective received Iris as a partner through a grant from the from Operation Underground Railroad, a not-for-profit agency that works to combat child sex trafficking. The group has been funding the purchase and training of electronics detection dogs for law enforcement agencies around the country as a way to help police investigate crimes against children. The agency is covering the entire cost of Iris’ work with the department.
Since the dog joined KPD on March 15, Deates said, she has worked with police on seven search warrants in Kenosha, including three for Deates’ unit. In general search warrants, Deates said, she searches for cell phones and other electronic evidence that could be used by police as part of their investigations. He said Iris was helpful in finding evidence at each of the scenes. “She found SD cards that I’m not sure would have been found,” he said.