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Clark County school police add gun-detecting dogs to force

Posted at 6:26 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 21:26:25-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Clark County School District Police Department added four new furry officers to the force to assist in securing campuses in the valley.

School district police swore in the K-9 officers Thursday morning at the department's headquarters.

Badges were given to Ziggy, King, Jack, and Alfie.

"They can search a greater area without any intrusions, without any violations of any fourth amendment. They sniff the air," said CCSD Police Chief James Ketsaa.

These first K-9 officers are expected to play a pivotal role in securing school campuses as they are trained to detect guns and the presence of items associated with firearms.

"They'll get very excited you'll see the tail and start wagging, and the nose will start pinpointing the location." school police officer James Harris said.

The team put on a demonstration during Thursday's event and searched for gun-related items on the spot.

"If our kids don't feel safe, they can't learn," said Dr. Jesus Jara, CCSD superintendent.