Meet Maple: She Has A Nose For Tech And A Job With FDLE

July 12, 2019

Meet Maple. She has a nose for tech.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will official introduce Maple Thursday at the FDLE Pensacola Regional Operations Center. She is the agency’s first Electronic Storage Detection (ESD) canine, capable of sniffing out electronic storage devices like thumb drives, cellphones, SD cards and more.

Maple is a 3-year-old rescued lab mix trained by FDLE Pensacola Special Agent Stephanie Cassidy.

Agent Cassidy, assigned to the Cyber Electronic Surveillance Support Team, trained Maple to search for hidden devices in cases where suspects may try to conceal their crimes by hiding storage devices.

“As we all know, criminals are only getting smarter with today’s technology.  Having an ESD K9 can make all the difference during search warrants or area searches where it is suspected that an electronic device may have been hidden, especially with technology becoming smaller and smaller,”

Maple is the only ESD canine in the Panhandle and one of three statewide.  She will be used to assist other law enforcement agencies upon request.

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3 Responses to “Meet Maple: She Has A Nose For Tech And A Job With FDLE”

  1. Caitlin b on July 12th, 2019 10:48 pm

    I just love seeing them using animals from the shelters, pounds, or however the dog was saved for jobs like this. It just warms my heart that they use dogs for something so important such a kick butt job whom otherwise may not have homes.

  2. Karen on July 12th, 2019 9:15 am

    Wow! That’s cool that a dog can be trained to sniff out electronics! Great job Special Agent Cassidy!

  3. New to Century on July 12th, 2019 8:38 am

    Maple looks like she is ready for duty.

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