A dozen schools in Hampshire are to receive surprise visits from drug-sniffing dogs in a bid to curb the area’s growing heroin issue. This is in an attempt to educate and engage students as a “prolific prevalence of drugs” flows through the mean streets of Gosport and Fareham.
By, 26 Jun 2019
The scheme is an attempt to counteract the “normalising of drug taking,” says Gwennan Harrison Jones, headteacher of Cams Hill School:
“Drugs are more available than ever before. We should be telling our young people that this is not acceptable.
“This isn’t any one school saying they have a drug problem, as all of us working together shows.”
Bay House School and Sixth Form, Brookfield School, Brune Park School, Cams Hill School, Crofton School, Fareham Academy, Henry Cort Community College, Portchester Community School, The Key Education Centre, Fareham College, St Vincent Sixth Form College, and Lord Wilson Academy, will all play host to the drug-sniffing quadrupeds.
Drugs, what drugs?
“There is not a large drugs problem in our schools,” Councillor Seán Woodward said, following a packed meeting of concerned locals and parents in Fareham. “It is however important to protect our children from those who would do them harm to profit from them.
“That is why I welcome this initiative and why we are supporting Cans Hill School particularly with some funding which was requested by the headmistress at my meeting to make a video.”
The lucky students will receive two unannounced raids from the furry cops each year. The dogs will lead talks but also keep their noses cocked for traces of opium, known on the street as ‘the Chinaman’s nightcap.’
Dogs such as these often work as partners. One ‘pro-active’ dog, such as a spaniel, completes a ‘scurry search’ of the area while the second ‘passive’ dog such as a Labrador eyes (noses) up potential suspects. The scheme’s organizers insisted that individual pupils will not be targeted – unless the dogs pick up their scent in passing, in which case further investigations and interviews will made.
However, the ‘good cop/bad cop’ routine is rarely effective in dog partnerships as both dogs have to be very good boys to be accepted to the force.