FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9/Fairfax County Police) --- Bloodhound puppies, Bolt and Silas, are just a few months old. But they're already into training with the Fairfax County Bloodhound Program.
They'll join other dogs on the force in using their keen sense of smell to find missing people and track down evidence.
Bloodhounds have been a valuable asset to law enforcement around the region for many years. Trained for both criminal and non-criminal missions, they do not bite when they find a person and are ideal to help locate missing children or dementia patients. Bloodhounds are trained to indicate the presence of a trail and locate missing people, using scents that may be hours or days old.
They've saved lives, been instrumental in solving major cases by identifying specific homes and vehicles relating to crimes, and saved valuable time for detectives by helping to quickly provide information on direction of travel of suspects.
Bolt and Silas will be trained by MPO Pete Masood and PFC Kevin Clarke, who will use the renowned "Kocher Method."
Historically, the Fairfax County Bloodhound program began in 2002 with Charger and Molly, who grew to over 110 pounds. They served until they retired in 2008. Fairfax hounds are often requested by jurisdictions that do not have them.