Meet Maple, K-9 Cop Sniffing Out Computer Criminals

August 5, 2020

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s police dog Maple has been been on the job for a little over a year, sniffing out electronic storage devices hidden by suspects in an effort to conceal their crimes — everything from child pornography to terrorism.

“The work of this 4-year-old rescue cannot be overstated. Because of Maple, there is no doubt we found devices that we otherwise would not have,” said FDLE Pensacola Special Agent in Charge Jack Massey. “Thanks to Maple and the dedication of Special Agent Cassidy, our community is safer.”

During her first year, Maple has been deployed 34 times assisting FDLE as well as federal and local agencies. She is FDLE’s only canine that can sniff out the electronic storage devices and one of only two in the Pensacola area. To date, Maple has found 73 concealed devices in closets, door frames, shoes and vehicles.

Her handler is FDLE Special Agent Stephanie Cassidy, who is assigned to the cyber squad. Agent Cassidy trained Maple to sniff out anything that can digitally store information like USB drives, hidden cameras, computers, thumb drives, cell phones, CDs and DVDs.

Pictured: Florida Department of Law Enforcement K-9 Maple and her handler Special Agent Stephanie Cassidy. Maple sniffs out electronic storage devices. Photos courtesy Al Showers/WEAR 3 for, click to enlarge.


10 Responses to “Meet Maple, K-9 Cop Sniffing Out Computer Criminals”

  1. tg on August 7th, 2020 10:59 am

    Nothing in the world beats a smart dog like this.

  2. Adopt Dont Shop on August 5th, 2020 5:54 pm

    This is such a heartwarming story about a rescue dog. Too many people think of them as broken when they definitely aren’t. My rescue dogs are amazing and truly seem to know they have a big purpose. Love that she is representing rescue dogs so well.

  3. Charlotte Rebecca Bates on August 5th, 2020 4:12 pm

    Great job Maple and special Agent Cassidy. Wouldn’t it be great if more dogs could be rescued for a job like this?

  4. Love her on August 5th, 2020 3:21 pm

    This is a Great Story. So happy law enforcement had the foresight in making Officer Maple and Agent Cassidy partners. Also they adopted a rescue is icing on the cake. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for getting these low lives off the streets

  5. Carlos E McGugin on August 5th, 2020 10:23 am

    Proud of both of them.

  6. ADB on August 5th, 2020 10:05 am

    Hats off to Maple and special Agent Cassidy. Just imagine how sensitive the nose on Maple is to be able to sniff out the components that make up SD cards and thumb drives…..amazing.

  7. JTV on August 5th, 2020 9:48 am

    Keep putting them in jail Sweet Girl. Great job Agent Cassidy.

  8. Native 1950 on August 5th, 2020 9:00 am

    Awesome job, you two!!! Very impressive work! Keep it up! :-)

  9. Miranda on August 5th, 2020 7:36 am

    … and the fact that she is a rescue is even better!!!

  10. Miranda on August 5th, 2020 7:35 am

    Maple is such a cute, good girl! Good job, Maple!

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