Smithtown schools to use drug-sniffing K-9s

A Suffolk school district may begin to use dogs to help sniff out drugs.

According to Superintendent of Smithtown Schools Edward Ehmann, an agreement has been reached with the Suffolk Police Department allowing drug-sniffing canines into the middle and high schools.

Officials say dogs will be brought into the schools at night with their handlers as part of their training. Ehmann says it is possible dogs will be allowed in during the school day some time in the near future.

School officials say they hope the plan will tackle growing concerns about heroin use among students. The district says dogs could start training in the schools in the next few weeks.

To see Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy talking about the deal, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.Newsday - Smithtown schools eye link with drug-sniffing-dogs unit

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