Could drug-sniffing dogs make it to Inglewood school campuses

imagesBased on the a motion approved at last weeks Palos Verdes Estates City Council meeting, drugs on school campuses is a problem many communities face.  The PV Estates council approved an agreement with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District to allow a K-9 unit on campus for periodic/as-needed drug searches.
**reprint from Daily Breeze**
By Mary Scott and Rob Kuznia

The Palos Verdes Estates City Council last week approved an agreement with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District allowing a police K-9 unit on the Palos Verdes High School campus for periodical or as-needed contraband searches.

With the aid of a handler from the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, a German shepherd named Lobo will apply the sniff test to lockers, parking lots, commons areas and locker rooms every other week or so, beginning anytime. The dog will not be escorted into classrooms or locker rooms when students are present.

“Drugs are on every high school campus across the country,” he said. “Any drug on campus is a drug problem. ”

At Palos Verdes High, about 15 students are suspended every year for drug-related offenses – a number that has gone down slightly from years prior, Stephany said. The school has had just one drug-related expulsion in the last six years, and it occurred this year, he said.

Students at Palos Verdes High are typically suspended for several days after their first drug offense on campus, and expelled on their second, unless they are found to be dealing drugs, in which case they are immediately expelled.

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