Drug dogs come up empty


A drug dog search of high schools in Oamaru on Thursday to see if drugs were at the schools came up empty.

St Kevin’s College and Waitaki Boys’ High School took part, while Waitaki Girls’ High School opted against the search.

Schools throughout the region were asked by the Waitaki Safer Communities Trust if they wanted the dogs to search the schools.

Derek Beveridge, of Project Turnaround, which comes under the trust, said the schools were given the opportunity to take part.

“It was open to whatever schools wanted the drug dogs to visit and then from there they visited the schools and took out a dog search.”

Waitaki Boys’ High School commissioner Nicola Hornsey said the school was happy to participate.

“My understanding is that the dog search exercise was a Safer Waitaki initiative and was conducted at St Kevin’s and Waitaki Boys’.

“No search or seizure action was taken by Waitaki Boys’ as a result of the exercise,” she said.

St Kevin’s deputy principal Kerry Ryan said it was about learning life skills.

“This initiative was a great educational opportunity as part of the unwritten curriculum (life skills etc).

“We are always pleased to be able to support community initiatives and work alongside the other local schools.”

Waitaki Girls’ High School principal Tracy Walker couldn’t be reached for comment.

Mr Beveridge said because the dog visits had not been done for a few years, it was decided they needed to be brought back.

“It’s something that is likely to be done again in the future,” he said.

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