HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By. Kristine Tofte
A three-year-old bloodhound who is named Reba has arrived in Honolulu to help solve crimes and to find missing persons.
Reba is a specially trained scent tracking dog. Bloodhounds, in general, are known for their ability to track humans because of their ability to scent discriminate.
The Friends of the Missing Children Center-Hawaii and the Department of the Attorney General Missing Children Center-Hawaii along with Honolulu and Hawaii Police Department partnered up to purchase both Reba as well as a second dog named Falcon. Reba will be working with the Honolulu Police Department and Falcon will be working with the Hawaii Police Department.
In 2014, the Honolulu Police Department Criminal Investigations Missing Persons Unit handled 680 missing persons cases. The recovery rate is high, however, Reba will still be a helpful tool for the police in the future. She will also be assisting with locating lost hikers and persons with dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease.
"We are pleased to join forces in this collaborative effort to provide the police departments with this valuable resource," said Attorney General Doug Chin in a statement. "Dogs like Reba and Falcon will help us protect Hawaii's children and recover missing persons."
According to officials 75 percent of children abducted by a non-family member are killed within the first three hours, so law enforcement experts say response time is critical in child abduction cases.