OROVILLE, Calif. – Oroville schools will soon have a four-legged friend keeping them safe from drug paraphernalia.
The Oroville police department and school districts partnered together and created a new K9 program, for the high schools, middle schools and elementary schools.
Frankie is a nine-month-old black lab from a kennel in West Virginia.
She started working with specialized dog trainer, Tiffany Damm, in June.
“It’s nice to be able to do something that’s gonna give to our community,” Damm said.
Police Officer Breck Wright said, Frankie will be used as a drug detection dog.
He said instead of it taking 30 minutes or so for an officer to check a classroom, if there’s an issue, Frankie will be much faster.
“Check lockers check areas where children gather,” Wright said. “Frankie’s not gonna be utilized to sniff any students or any type of persons, but Frankie is gonna be utilized for say if we have an issue in a classroom we can clear out that classroom and have Frankie check the classroom in a two-three minute time frame.”
Officer Wright said that Frankie will hopefully be seen as a deterrent for kids to think twice about bringing narcotics to school.
Although, he isn’t “as” worried about a drug problem in the elementary and middle schools.
“But it’s the people who come on our campuses after hours we’ve had issues where we’ve had drug paraphernalia and drugs left behind on our campuses and Frankie’s gonna be utilized to do those safety checks, do the playground checks to make sure all of our students are safe,” Wright said.
Frankie’s trainer, Tiffany, gave me a small preview of the work frankie will be doing.
She hid some heroin under a dumpster… said the magic words “search”… and Frankie took off on her mission.
Officer Wright said they’ll still be using Frankie even when schools out.
“Utilizing her in our parks, we wanna keep our kids safe year round,” Wright said.
Frankie is almost ready to be working on school grounds.
She has to be one-years-old to qualify as a K9 dog.
January 15 will be her first day on the job.