Close X

Tweeting CSI Dog Stirs Controversy

Smithy, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever, has a busy day. Here's what the CSI dog with the West Midlands Police (UK) tweeted this morning: Designated training...

Maria Goodavage  |  Sep 9th 2010


Smithy tweets between sniffing out crime victims and taking long walks (Photo: NTI)

Smithy, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever, has a busy day. Here’s what the CSI dog with the West Midlands Police (UK) tweeted this morning:

Designated training today, will be screening items for blood ! Vets for a dental check

So what if he doesn’t know about apostrophes? It’s fun that he’s using Twitter to get the word out about a day in the life of a CSI dog. He sent us off to bed the other night with this tweet:

Just got back from my late walk,bedded down in my kennel now for the night, day off tomorrow

Not exactly edge-of-your-seat stuff, but for those who want to follow him, it provides some insight into what a CSI dog does — and doesn’t do. Last month he appealed for eyewitness help in a couple of cases. His specialty is blood and human remains, and I’m sure he will have some interesting posts when he starts writing about where his nose takes him. He seems to be a gent, so I doubt anything will be graphic.

But not everyone is happy about the tweeting pooch. British media report some are complaining that it’s a waste of taxpayer money to set up a Twitter account for a canine public servant. People were citing the fact that Smithy has “only 133 followers.”

That was yesterday.

Today, the affable black Lab has 893. Make that 894. I just became a follower.

What do you think, Dogsters? Is this a waste of money, or a good idea? If you like the idea of the CSI dog tweeting — and I think most of you will — you can follow him by clicking here.