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TTUSD and TPD - Police K9 searches Truckee High School, nothing found


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By: Truckee Police Dept.

May 9, 2014 - Trax, Truckee Police Department's narcotics detection canine, made his first unannounced search at Truckee High yesterday. Trax, a 2-year-old black Lab, joined the force last November, working with his handler, Officer Andrew Holbrook. Up until Thursday, Trax has mostly served as an ambassador at the schools for Truckee Police Department and assisting in drug education. Trax's search at Truckee High turned up nothing.

Trax is trained to detect heroin, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and ecstasy and can find the exact location of illegal substances within minutes. Trax has routinely been able to detect contraband in less than a minute, according to Holbrook. On his first night on patrol in the town of Truckee last November, Trax detected a suspect with methamphetamine in his car, resulting in an arrest. Since joining the Truckee Police Department, Trax and Officer Holbrook have assisted in 15 drug arrests resulting in the seizure of 220 pounds of marijuana, 9 pounds of methamphetamine, 500 prescription pills, 4 firearms, and nearly $75,000 in drug money.

Trax was brought on campus at Truckee High earlier this year so that students could get to know him and feel comfortable talking to police officers. He's also visited other TTUSD schools and has been very popular on patrol on Truckee's streets. "Our objectives are maintaining a safe community and preventing our youth from alcohol and drug abuse. Trax is one of the many tools were using to accomplish those objectives. Our partnership with TTUSD is strong as we're both committed to the safety of our students and staff on our campus and in our community. It is important to remember TPD and TTUSD cannot be successful without the equally important partnership with the community on this issue" said Truckee Police Chief Adam McGill.

Thursday's unannounced visit at Truckee High was part of ongoing collaboration between law enforcement and school and district administration to ensure that students are in compliance with school rules and not endangering themselves or others through illegal substance abuse. TTUSD has been doing these types of searches for years at North Tahoe High School in cooperation with Placer County Sheriff's office. North Tahoe High School searches this year have also turned up nothing.

"I am very pleased with this first official unannounced visit to Truckee High School by Trax. I am very happy that nothing was found. Our goal is not to catch kids, but to help our students make smart and healthy choices. I'm pleased that these results came after our collaborative efforts with Truckee Police and the parents and community to deter students from using drugs and alcohol. Today is a good indicator that if we have a problem on the Truckee High campus, we're making efforts to get on the right track" said TTUSD Superintendent Dr. Robert Leri.

Both McGill and Leri stressed the importance of parental involvement and guidance especially as the end of the school year approaches. They recommend talking to your students about responsible decisions. McGill added, "We want our kids to be safe through graduation and the summer season."

 

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