The Arizona Department of Public Safety (ADPS) has received a Golden Retriever that helps calm and provide comfort to stressed out detectives at the Arizona Counter Terrorism Intelligence Center (ACTIC). The dog, whose name is “Fallon”, is an assistance dog who has numerous skills, including the ability to sniff out “digital evidence” and calm distressed employees.
Fallon came from an organization called Power Paws and was donated to ADPS by the 100 Club. Two ADPS troopers received special handler training for Fallon who is already proving to be an invaluable tool at ACTIC.
Computer forensic detectives at the ACTIC have a difficult job that often involves analyzing hard drives and digital storage devices that possess evidence of sex crimes against children. These disturbing images sometimes have a lasting emotional effect on detectives. Fallon, who is two years old, is a friendly, compassionate dog that is trained to sense emotional distress from people within a given environment. She is trained to engage a distressed person, getting their attention and giving them a much needed emotional break from their work. In addition, Fallon can assist detectives looking for hidden digital storage devices containing crucial evidence in a criminal investigation.
“The idea of an assistance dog that relieves stress makes a world of difference to detectives who must deal with disturbing investigations. Phoenix Police and the FBI have taken part in this program. Just sitting with and petting the dog provides stress relief for our law enforcement partners,” said Carey Dillabo, Associate Director of Power Paws Assistance Dogs.
ADPS would like to give special thanks to the 100 Club and the “For Those Without A Voice” organization. These organizations provided funding for the acquisition of Fallon along with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC).
A Press Conference will be held Tuesday, February 16th at 9:00 a.m. in the DPS Studio located at 2222 W. Encanto to introduce “Fallon”.
ADPS Director Frank Milstead will be speaking along with Sgt. Marcia Johnson, Fallon’s trainer, along with representatives from the 100 club, Power Paws and the ICAC.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity, ensuring highway and public safety.