A SCHOOL’S determination to usher in sniffer canines and perform random bag searches to “educate youngsters in regards to the risks of medicine” has been praised.
The Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner mentioned the motion taken by Queen Elizabeth’s Faculty in Wimborne needs to be applied throughout the nation.
PCC David Sidwick mentioned: “I’m totally supportive of any faculty that decides to take motion in opposition to medication and county traces.
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“Queen Elizabeth’s Faculty and different faculties in Dorset have launched into an ‘educate, stop and deter’ plan of action, which I wish to see occur throughout the entire county and certainly throughout the entire nation.
“It’s naïve to assume that faculties should not a goal for county traces gangs – they’re they usually know precisely find out how to recruit our younger individuals into their disgusting commerce.
“All too typically we now have seen the devastating outcomes of younger individuals taking unlawful substances (typically for the primary time) and changing into severely sick and even shedding their life and I’m decided to work alongside Dorset Police and companions to make sure that our younger individuals not solely have a safer faculty setting however a safer group to dwell in.”
Queen Elizabeth’s Faculty mentioned it will be bringing in sniffer canines and finishing up bag searches “in gentle of latest information objects about ‘county traces’.
A letter despatched to folks mentioned: “Guaranteeing that our faculty is a secure, drug free and wholesome setting for all college students to study and develop is a precedence and displays our group’s values and expectations.
“It’s with these targets in thoughts that we’re endeavor this process. Your son/daughter may have had this defined to them by their tutor previous to the go to to arrange them.
“College students will likely be requested to file previous the canine who will point out any issues to his handler. The scholar’s mother and father would then be told if, on additional investigations, these issues wanted to be explored additional.
“Periodically we may even be endeavor bag searches to make sure no banned substances, together with tobacco, vapes and cigarettes have been introduced into the college.”
Katie Boyes, headteacher of QE Faculty, mentioned: “It is very important state that the usage of a canine just isn’t in response to an incident and there may be not a drug downside at QE Faculty.
“We need to make the college as secure as attainable and like different native faculties determined to ask a sniffer canine in with its handler.
“It’s solely a preventative measure and is designed to assist reassure mother and father that we’re doing every thing to make sure their youngsters are secure.
“The go to of the canine for a number of hours is allied to our programme of labor that educates the youngsters in regards to the risks of medicine.”