RICHLAND, Wash. - Canine dogs are used by law enforcement all the time. They sniff for explosives, drugs and help with searches.
Richland school administration wants to bring them to the middle and high schools.
Officials said students would not know when they had the searches. School officials said they would happen about two or three times a year and they would use the same canine dogs that local law enforcement use.
Administration said that the dogs would sniff for drugs in the halls, lockers and the parking lot.
In the past Richland Schools have used the canine dogs during bomb threats to sniff for explosives.
Richland School Administrator John Steach said, "It's just one more tool we can put in out toolbox to help ensure a safe environment for students."
The issue will be discussed further at the next board meeting. School administrators said if all goes as planned the first search could be by the beginning of November.