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K9 Sweep of Hoover High School and North Canton Middle School

(November 24, 2014)

This morning, the North Canton Police Department, in cooperation with the North Canton School District Administration, conducted a K9 drug sweep at Hoover High School and North Canton Middle School.

The schools were placed into lock-down, which means all students are required to stay in their classroom or in a closely supervised area.  Ohio Highway Patrol State Trooper K9 units were brought through the parking lots to check cars and into the buildings to check lockers, common areas, random classrooms and even the main office at the high school.

The dogs are trained to detect the scents of a host of illegal substances, including opiates found in prescription drugs.  The substances do not actually have to be present for the dogs to alert.  The dogs will detect residue scents from surfaces or items that have been in recent contact with drugs as well. 

“Our goal is to have a drug-free school environment for the students and our community,” said Officer James Harnack of the North Canton Police Department and the district’s safety resource officer.  “The K9 drug sweeps are part of a larger initiative.  We do programs to educate the students about the dangers of illegal substances and prescriptions drugs as well.”

Harnack said the police department is continually gathering intelligence, both on the streets and within the schools.   

School administrators are not notified of the planned sweeps until minutes before the arrival of the units, according to Harnack.

“We’re doing everything we can to keep kids from bringing these things into the schools.”

There was a single K9 alert on a student locker. No contraband was found. Any drugs found would have been confiscated and the person responsible would have been dealt with administratively and could face criminal prosecution.

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K9 Edo

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K9 Edo and his handler, Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Brian McGill, in the parking lot at Hoover High School.

K9 Units Arrive at Hoover High School

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North Canton Police Office James Harnack speaks with Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Baker about the sweep of the high school. Baker's dog, K9 Paco, waits patiently for his job to begin. Harnack is North Canton City School District's safety resource officer.

K9 Paco

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K9 Paco and his handler, Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Baker, arrive at Hoover High School.

K9 Paco

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K9 Paco and his handler, Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Baker, arrive at Hoover High School.

K9 Sweeps Parking Lot

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K9 Paco and his handler, Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Baker, check student cars in the parking lot at Hoover High School.

K9 Paco Sweeps Classroom

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K9 Paco and his handler, Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Baker, search a classroom in Hoover High School.