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TBI's K9 Agents

K9 "Faith"

Faith

Faith is TBI's first Accelerant Detection Canine (ADC) and specializes in sniffing out evidences at fire scenes across the state.

Faith was born at the University of Auburn and received obedience and house-breaking training at a prison for women in Florida. Faith was then purchased by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives for the purpose of becoming a working dog focusing on the detection of petroleum-based accelerant commonly used to initiate fire.

Accelerant Detection Canine (ADC) Faith is the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's first Accelerant Detection Canine. Faith was born at the University of Auburn and received obedience and house-breaking training at a prison for women in North Florida. Faith was then purchased by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives for the purpose of becoming a working dog focusing on the detection of petroleum-based accelerant commonly used to initiate fire.

Faith trained seven days a week for approximately four months with ATF K9 instructors at the ATF National Canine Division in Front Royal, Virginia, where she was imprinted on the petroleum-based accelerant odors using the food reward methodology.

In October 2017, Faith's human partner TBI Special Agent Mark Delaney arrived in Front Royal, Virginia and completed a six-week course of instruction taught by ATF. During this instruction, Faith was certified by ATF chemists as passing the nationally recognized Odor Recognition (ORT) and six other tested areas.

To date, Faith has been deployed to approximately 70 fire scenes throughout the State of Tennessee to assist fire investigators in determining the origin and cause of fires. During her work, Faith puts her skills to use and is utilized to search fire scenes where areas of possible origin could contain accelerants or accelerant odors.

Faith is a food-reward canine and trains 365 days a year to maintain her skills and abilities so that she can serve the citizens of the State of Tennessee that are victims of potential arson-related offenses.

ADC Faith remains 'on-call' 365 days per year to assist TBI Special Agents and local fire investigators.
 

K9 "Diesel"

Diesel

Special Agent K9 Diesel was born on May 3, 2018. Diesel was raised as a 'Puppies Behind Bars' K9 at a federal prison in Otisville, New York.

Diesel was selected by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to attend Accelerant Detection Training during the summer and fall of 2019.

Special Agent K9 Diesel was born on May 3, 2018. Diesel was raised as a 'Puppies Behind Bars' K9 at a federal prison in Otisville, New York. Diesel was selected by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to attend Accelerant Detection Training during the summer and fall of 2019.

Diesel met his partner, TBI Special Agent Justin Ramsey, in October of 2019. Together, they trained for six weeks at the ATF National Canine Division in Front Royal, VA. During the course of the training, Diesel was certified as an Accelerant Detection Canine by ATF chemists after passing the nationally recognized Odor Recognition (ORT) and six other tested areas.

He is stationed out of the Johnson City, TN office, and responds to fire scenes in 21 counties in East Tennessee.

Diesel spends his off time with his family and best friend Duck, a female border collie. Diesel enjoys running and playing on his family's farm.

K9 "Scooter"

Scooter

Scooter is a five-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever and helps investigate fire scenes across the state.

She was born in Mexico and was selected into the Puppies Behind Bars program at a young age where she received her obedience training and preparation to become a bomb-sniffing dog at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in New Jersey.

Scooter is a five-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever.

She was born in Mexico and was selected into the Puppies Behind Bars program at a young age where she received her obedience training and preparation to become a bomb-sniffing dog at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in New Jersey.

After Scooter’s completion, she was selected by the ATF to become an Accelerant Detection Canine and traveled to Front Royal, Virginia to begin her intensive training to become a very powerful tool in the law enforcement community.

Scooter underwent 12 weeks of training that included odor recognition, vehicle searches and open field searches. She is a food-reward canine and loves to work. She gets very excited when she is on a scene and is very good at what she does. She has solved some very complex cases that has led to convictions at the state and local levels.

When Scooter isn't working, she enjoys playing ball and being part of the family.

K9 "Wrigley"

Wrigley

Wrigley was born on May 6, 2012, in Georgia, and is a black Labrador Retriever who, as a puppy, trained to become a Guide Dog for the blind. When that proved not to be his calling, he joined the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives in 2013. At a year old, he began training to become an Accelerant Detection Canine in Front Royal, VA.

Wrigley was born on May 6, 2012, in Georgia, and is a black Labrador Retriever who, as a puppy, trained to become a Guide Dog for the blind. When that proved not to be his calling, he joined the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives in 2013. At a year old, he began training to become an Accelerant Detection Canine in Front Royal, VA.

In March of 2014, Wrigley met his partner, Ryan Shanklin. Together they have been to more than 200 fire scenes. Wrigley is a valuable asset in the detection of accelerants at Arson fires throughout Tennessee. Wrigley is also a member of the ATF's National Response Team (NRT) and has been deployed to Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.

On Wrigley's time off, he stays with his handler and his family, enjoying playing fetch and other activities. Wrigley also loves to swim every chance he gets, especially while on vacation at the beach with his family.

K9 "Zeus"

Zeus

Zeus is the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's only Electronic Storage Detection (ESD) Canine. He is a two-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever trained to detect the odor from chemicals consistent across all electronic storage devices, including cell phones, USB drives, and MicroSD cards.

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Zeus is the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's only Electronic Storage Detection (ESD) Canine. He is a two-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever trained to detect the odor from chemicals consistent across all electronic storage devices, including cell phones, USB drives, and MicroSD cards.

Because these devices can be so small, yet hold so much electronic data, Zeus is an invaluable member of our team in helping locate devices that contain evidence of a crime. Zeus is available to law enforcement agencies across the State of Tennessee with a primary focus on cases involving Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC).

When not utilizing his scent detection capabilities, Zeus serves as a comfort companion to both law enforcement officers and the public, such as child victims.