by Steve Peterson
Akron-Westfield Community School passed a drug search inspection conducted by a canine of the Kingsley Police Department on Jan. 4.
Kingsley Police Officer Matt Struve, handler, and his five-year-old dog inspected the locker areas for drugs.Also on hand, in a training exercise, was Fala, the Plymouth County canine and her handler, Officer Jake Wingert.
A-W Grades 7-12 Principal Derek Briggs said no drugs were found. The Friday morning effort was kept as a secret until police arrived. Students and staff remained in their classrooms until an “all clear” was given.
“It was for the Middle School and High School locker areas,” said Briggs.
“We would like to have the inspections once or twice a year. If there is something, we want to be sure we are aware of it so we can provide support and assistance. Second, we use it as a deterrent,” said Briggs.
Fala was recently selected for work by Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office and has been in many social situations, said Wingert. Fala replaced Sabot, who was the K-9 officer from 2002 to 2011.
Akron Assistant Police Chief Jared Gares was present for the inspection.