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Drug dog to sniff for contraband at Woodland schools

Elk Grove K-9 drug dog Radar sniffs out a bag of marijuana in the bed of a truck during training Wednesday Dec. 30, 2004. Radar, a yellow Lab, was the first K-9 on the Elk Grove police force. Woodland Joint Unified School District trustees voted to use a Labrador retriever in searches at district schools.
Elk Grove K-9 drug dog Radar sniffs out a bag of marijuana in the bed of a truck during training Wednesday Dec. 30, 2004. Radar, a yellow Lab, was the first K-9 on the Elk Grove police force. Woodland Joint Unified School District trustees voted to use a Labrador retriever in searches at district schools. Sacramento Bee file

Trustees of the Woodland Joint Unified School District voted 5-1 on Thursday night to have a canine detection firm sniff for contraband at five of its schools.

Callie Lutz, spokeswoman for the district, said WJUSD will contract with the Chico-based K9 Ventures, LLC for the firm’s Labrador retriever, Miley, to sniff school lockers, classrooms, vehicles in parking lots and common areas, including classrooms.

District officials say the dog will search for drugs, alcohol or the presence of gunpowder under the $13,125 contract for the current school year.

District administrators said the idea emerged from meetings with parents.

In 2015-16, the district reported that 220 students in middle and high schools were involved in drug or alcohol incidents on campuses.

The district has 10,000 students, including 2,900 in middle and high schools. Each of its five middle and high schools will receive seven random visits during the year from the drug dog.

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