CITY OF LONG
THE GUN AND DRUG DOG PROGRAM
1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.
An experienced juvenile detective (handler) is dedicated to the gun and drug dog program. This detective is partnered with a six year old, black Labrador, named Clancy. Clancy was purchased by a local, non-profit community group, Citizens and Businesses Against Crime (C-BAC). Clancy has received extensive cross training in the detection of chemicals associated with firearms and the most commonly found drugs.
This is a prevention-based program. Its intent is to persuade high school students not to bring guns to school. This is done by periodic searches of each high school campus by Clancy and his handler. Lockers, backpacks, and other storage areas are searched. Although these searches have resulted in numerous arrests, they have also, and more significantly, convinced the vast majority of students that they cannot possess drugs or guns on school campuses without risking a high probability of detection. When searches are not being conducted, Clancy and his handler patrol around the schools to deter other criminal activity.
2. When was the program created and why?
The program was implemented in 1994, to create drug and gun-free zones in and around schools. In response to an increase in drug and gun activity on school campuses, a group of citizens came to the police department and asked how they could help solve the problem. When the idea of utilizing a gun and drug dog surfaced, the group offered to purchase and train the animal if the department would provide the handler. This collaborative grew to include school administrators and formed the genesis for our current program.
3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?
The programís effectiveness is measured by the number of incidents (or lack of) involving drugs and guns in schools and the reduction of violence with weapons on campus.
4. How is the program financed?
Clancy was donated by Citizens and Businesses Against Crime, who also paid for the original training for both Clancy and his handler. The handler is funded through the Police Departmentís general fund budget. The monthly maintenance for Clancy is paid for by the departmentís general fund budget.
5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all? How has the community responded to the program?
Schools are the primary users of this program. There has been a positive response from the schools, as well as from the community. Parents and school administrators alike, overwhelmingly support this program, which provides a safer learning environment for the children.
6. Contact person:
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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