Police asked to search Middle Park High School campus for drugs
February 9, 2009
In an effort to keep Middle Park High School’s campus drug-free, the district has asked area police departments to conduct random drug searches.
“We think they’re the right thing to do,” said Principal Jane Harmon. “We’re trying to be proactive and prevent people from bringing any drugs on our campus.”
Astra, Fraser-Winter Park Police Department’s canine cop, will sniff lockers and vehicles for methamphetamine, cocaine, heroine and marijuana, Harmon said.
Two to four random drug searches could take place each year, she said.
If a student’s locker is searched, and a school official finds no drugs or paraphernalia, they will post a notice in the locker. However, if drugs or paraphernalia are found, the student will be “immediately isolated, and parents will be called to come to the school. At that time the investigation will be turned over to the police, and school officials will participate secondarily in the joint investigation,” according to Harmon.
The searches are an incentive for students not to carry drugs in school , said Granby Police Chief Bill Housley.
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“The county does now have a drug dog, so that dog has been requested by the school district,” he said. “At no time are the police just going to show up at the school and start searching” without being asked to by the school district.