ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Teenage drug use is always a concern especially on school grounds. That’s why Rockford police continue random drug searches in District 205.
Rockford police typically do about five routine “sniff searches” with K-9s per school year, which is the number of searches they’ve done since the fall.
During these searches, they didn’t find a whole lot. Police searched twice in November, once in January and twice in March. The only thing they found was two separate drug cases at Roosevelt. Dogs sniffed lockers at every school, but at Jefferson they also sniffed a classroom and student’s backpacks that were left inside. Police say the fact that they’re not recovering a lot of drugs is a good thing.
"We've been successful in keeping the pressure on the students to understand that on any day that the K9's could come in and search their lockers, their vehicles, their classrooms,” said Lieutenant Patrick Hoey with the Rockford Police Department.
Classroom searches are new this year and kids don’t know their stuff is being searched when they leave the room. Dogs also sniff student cars in parking lots sometimes, however they have not done that this year.
District Administrators decide which schools get drug sniffs and the school principal is only notified about an hour before the dogs arrive to avoid students being tipped off. Sometimes the students will encourage students to tip off police about other kids with drugs.