Police drug sniffer dog to visit Wellingborough schools

A police sniffer dog will be visiting schools in Wellingborough

A police sniffer dog will be visiting schools in Wellingborough

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A trained sniffer dog will be visiting all four academies in Wellingborough today and tomorrow.

The aim of the visits is to get across to pupils the message: Have nothing to do with drugs and don’t bring them into school.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust undated handout photo of Coco the cocker spaniel. The  police sniffer dog has starting making the rounds in hospitals to prevent patients, staff and visitors bringing illegal drugs on to wards. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 1, 2013. The Trust has enlisted Coco to prevent the "use and selling of illegal drugs". Accompanied by former police dog handler John McCarroll, the 15-month-old dog will search the buildings and grounds of the trust. See PA story HEALTH Dog. Photo credit should read: Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. ENGEMN00120130208103707

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust undated handout photo of Coco the cocker spaniel. The police sniffer dog has starting making the rounds in hospitals to prevent patients, staff and visitors bringing illegal drugs on to wards. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 1, 2013. The Trust has enlisted Coco to prevent the "use and selling of illegal drugs". Accompanied by former police dog handler John McCarroll, the 15-month-old dog will search the buildings and grounds of the trust. See PA story HEALTH Dog. Photo credit should read: Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. ENGEMN00120130208103707

Further, unannounced, visits will take place in the future.

A letter sent to parents states: “We hope that the searches will prove negative, and we hope that the exercise will reinforce our strong anti-drugs attitude.”

A local police representative praised the academies and said: “Schools have an important part to play in the elimination of drugs from our community, through education and also through the ‘zero tolerance’ approach they are demonstrating through taking part in this exercise.”