May 22, 2012 11:06 PM by David Ortiviz
Starting next school year many schools in Pueblo will be using drug sniffing dogs. Pueblo City Schools says it's another tool to keep schools drug free.
Right now, the dogs are being used at South and Central high as part of a pilot program. The school district has partnered with Pueblo Police to conduct the random searches. Officers say the dogs won't sniff individual students, but they'll be used to check lockers, classrooms and parking lots.
"It's just another safety measure and I think that when students know we're bringing dogs, hopefully they think twice about making that bad decision about bring drugs onto school campuses," said Patrick Krumholz, Executive Director of Seconday Education for Pueblo City Schools.
The dog barks and becomes anxious if drugs are found, but officers say he's not an attack dog.
Pueblo City Schools says it eventually plans to expand the program to all high schools and middle schools.