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Canine Program

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In 2002, the San Diego Unified School District began to utilize a private company to provide random sniffs in our district. Each site was responsible for paying for this service from their budget. In 2012, as we all felt the constraints of money in our district, these services became more difficult for each site to provide, in many cases stopping the services completely.

In 2012, School Police began to look at what options were available to continue providing this valuable program free of charge to each site in an effort to maintain a safe and drug free district. After much hard work and perseverance, our district was able to solidify a $60,000 grant in 2013. This grant paid for a narcotics canine named Blitz, canine vehicle, and its training.

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In 2014, School Police continued to provide the same service as our contract vendor has done in the past; except this time for free to our entire district. We also added a new component to the program by providing grade specific anti-drug education and assemblies, from elementary through high school.

In an effort to expand our program and anti-drug message, we have participated in National Night Out and Crimestoppers Light the Night 2014. We will continue to participate in community events with our anti-drug message, and of course Blitz.

Our message and our commitment to the San Diego Unified School District students and community is clear: keeping our kids safe and a drug free campus.

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The School Police Canine Program can now take donations. Your donation will help fund much needed equipment, training, educational materials, and programs. For more information, please contact Sergeant Carlos Vargas at [email protected] or (619) 291-7678.