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MPD Welcomes Its Newest Member: Sam the Bloodhound

Chief Lanier Welcomes Sam the Bloodhound to MPDThe Metropolitan Police Department’s Patrol Canine Corps is proud to announce its newest member. The Canine Unit has acquired its first Bloodhound – “Sam.” Sam has been trained to follow the scent of humans when presented with an article of clothing or any object that a subject has touched. The scent doesn’t have to be considered “fresh” to be useable. A Bloodhound can even track a scent from a vehicle seat.

Sam is trained in scent discrimination, which means he has the capability to follow a scent through areas that are contamination by others, including animals and other humans. He has also successfully trained on scents that are several days old.

Sam is a wonderful addition to the MPD’s Canine Unit. While the MPD has several dogs that are trained to conduct human tracks, Sam’s sole purpose is to track people – even over long distances. This will be especially helpful members need to investigate critical missing person incidents of when they need to locate a suspect after clothing or some other article has been left behind.