Media Alert: The New Mexico Department of Justice’s First-Ever K-9 Special Agent Retires After Six Years of Dedicated Service

Special Agent Joey Served on the Internet Crimes Against Children Division as an Electronic Scent Detection Canine

Albuquerque, NM – Earlier today, the New Mexico Department of Justice’s first-ever K9, Special Agent Joey, retired following six years of dedicated service. Special Agent Joey served on the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Division as an Electronic Scent Detection (ESD) K9 under the ownership and handling of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Special Agent in Charge, Owen Pena. Electronic Scent Detection K9s are trained to detect and alert their handlers when they smell triphenylphosphine oxide, a specific chemical compound found in all electronic devices.


His exceptional skills as an ESD K9 supported ICAC’s investigations throughout New Mexico, making them more effective by finding vital pieces of evidence that were previously undetectable by his human colleagues. As Special Agent Joey begins his retirement filled with plenty of rest and love at home, the New Mexico Depart of Justice’s ICAC Division welcomes two new ESD K9s; Special Agent Nyx and Special Agent Gadget.


You can view the farewell video of Joey here.


About ICAC:
Over 90 federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies are associated with the New Mexico ICAC Task Force, which is funded by an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) grant administered by the New Mexico Department of Justice. Anyone with information relating to suspected child predators is encouraged to contact federal or local law enforcement or make an anonymous report through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, (http://www.missingkids.org/cybertipline) or by calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).


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