ABOVE: Remi, a trained detection dog, poses with Ali Hemyari, director of training at Nashville K9, left, and Detective Lee Eaves. // SUBMITTED
WILLIAMSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
A new K9, one of the few in the country that has been trained to sniff out electronic
devices, has joined the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.
K9 Remi will assist Sheriff’s Office investigators who are working on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), which the WCSO established last year.
Remi is a two-year-old black Labrador Retriever that specializes in smelling electronics, like cell phones and tablets, flash drives and SD cards. Remi is the first electronic detection dog to be placed into service in Tennessee.
“Child predators have grown increasingly sophisticated, hiding evidence on small flash drives and other electronic media storage,” said Detective Lee Eaves, Remi’s handler and partner. “With the aid of Remi, the WCSO ICAC Task Force will be able to locate this crucial evidence for prosecution and ultimately make the community a safer place.”
Remi also will be used to detect contraband cell phones that may be smuggled into the Williamson County Jail. And, she will participate in presentations about Internet safety and cyber-bullying at schools and serve as an ambassador for the Task Force.
Nashville K-9, LLC. purchased, donated and trained Remi at no cost to taxpayers. Remi and Detective Eaves began training at Nashville K-9 in December 2017.
Nashville K-9 provided a certification for Remi that includes searches in suitcases, vehicles, furniture, clothing, jail cells, and more.