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Hutchinson High School Serves as K-9 Training Ground for Regional Law Enforcement

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By Hutchinson Public Schools

 

HUTCHINSON, Kan.  — The Kansas Police Dog Association (KPDA) recently held its biannual conference in Hutchinson, Kansas, hosted by the Reno County Sheriff’s Office and the Hutchinson Police Department. The state-wide conference drew K-9 units from all over Kansas with multiple law enforcement agencies coming together to showcase their K-9 units’ training and abilities. As part of the conference, an exercise called a “school sniff” was conducted by 18 dogs and their handlers at the Hutchinson High School on Monday, October 16th.

“Working with Hutchinson High School was a natural fit because we had a previous working relationship. It was a great training opportunity for handlers and dogs and was a benefit to the high school as well,” said Officer Nunnelley. Hutchinson Police Department Officer Nunnelley is a KPDA Certified Handler.

Photo by the Kansas Police Dog Association

The search was conducted as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of the school premises, students, and staff. The dogs, trained to detect drugs, found no presence of narcotics during the search. The exercise was held during school hours and did not interrupt the school day.

Hutchinson High School Principal Ryan Ewy notified parents of the exercise upon its completion: “In an effort to keep our schools safe and drug-free, I asked the Hutchinson Police Department to utilize their drug dogs to conduct a search of Hutchinson High School’s parking lots and lockers. We cannot be too proactive as we strive to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for the students and staff of Hutchinson High School.”