Billie the Semen-Detecting Dog Recruited by U.K. Police to Help Catch Rapists

By Amy Jamieson
Updated September 14, 2016 11:38 AM
Credit: Source: Derbyshire Constabulary/Facebook

A dog specially trained to find semen at a crime scene is helping police in Derbyshire, England, investigate sexual offenses, according to a Facebook post shared by the Derbyshire Constabulary on Wednesday.

The new recruit’s name is Billie and besides being super cute, he’s already assisted in at least one arrest.

Since his first deployment in March, following intense training, Billie and his handler have completed 18 searches and the police dog detected the presence of seminal fluid at eight of those scenes.

The Facebook post introducing the pup said that Billie was called in to search a set of steps in one Derbyshire town where a rape had allegedly taken place.

“He indicated the presence of semen and a swab was forensically analysed, proving a DNA hit. A man has since been arrested,” the post said.

Superintendent Dick Hargreaves described the dog as a “real asset” and has offered Billie’s skills to other forces who need it.

“He’s already been used in numerous investigations and has found evidence that has resulted in crime scene investigators identifying DNA profiles,” said Hargreaves in a statement. “We are always looking for innovative ways to improve our service and we’re hoping that Billie’s skills will lead to more convictions.”