School district enlists use of canines

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Associated Press

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 9:01 AM

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — The Clark County Public School District is enlisting the use of canines to help create a safer school environment.

The Winchester Sun (http://bit.ly/1luz6O7) reports the board of education approved a measure last week that will partner the school system with K9 Resources, a group that focuses on detection and offers drug-free services to businesses and schools.

K9 Resources uses dogs that have been trained to work with children and are safe in a school environment.

Clark County Superintendent Paul Christy said the dogs can search for not only drugs but other contraband, such as cigarettes or lighters.

Christy said he used the group in three different districts where he has worked and saw a difference in all three.

"I think all the principals are for changing the culture," Christy said.

The contract with the group gives the school system a tip-line, classroom posters, drug identification and handheld metal detectors, along with 40 drug dog visits for the calendar year.

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Information from: The Winchester (Ky.) Sun, http://www.centralkynews.com/winchestersun

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