Special Dog Used to Search for Drugs, Alcohol, & Firearms at Prom

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Central City, NE According to the website statisticbrain.com, the CDC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say 53% of students admit to having 4 or more drinks at prom.

And with prom season in full swing, schools are doing their best to keep their students safe, even bringing in a special guest to supervise students as they arrive.

As Central City students arrived at prom, handed over their keys to the valet, and took a breathalyzer, 3 year old Hunter was getting ready to start a pretty big night of her own.

"Our dogs are capable of finding any illegal or designer drug, alcohol, medications, and gunpowder," said Bobby Hand, a K9 Handler with Providence Working Canines.

Central City uses Providence Canines like Hunter throughout the year to keep their students and staff safe.

"We'll have them come anywhere from 7-10 times per year, and of course prom is one of them," said Shawn McDiffett, the High School Principal. "We want to ensure safety is taking place not only at prom but hopefully after the prom as well and so it's just a high priority for us to be proactive."

At prom, Hunter focused on random cars smelling for all the substances she's trained on.

"The dog sniffs cars, if the dog's alert then we inspect those cars and whatever's found is brought to the attention of the school," said Hand. "We'll also, if we're working internally in a school, we'll check student lockers, common areas, locker rooms. We even possibly check some classrooms with items left by the students in the classroom."

But it's nothing surprising for the students. McDiffett said they're forewarned about the canines at the start of the year.

He said, "It's not a 'Got you!' thing at all. It's more of we're here for all kids and when they come on campus, we want to ensure that we've done necessary measures to let them know that Providence Canine will be here doing safety sweeps."

Each dog receives daily whole day training and is updated on newer drugs, like the recently illegalized K2 drug, as they hit the market.

"Usually a good time frames about 6 months, 6-8 months, to train a dog fully and then ti imprint a dog on a new drug is anywhere from a couple of weeks to a month," said Hand.

For more information on the Providence Canines and all the work they do in schools and businesses, click the link to their website.