Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic


1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.

The Akron Police Drug Dog "Holmes", and his handler run random searches at the cityís middle and high schools. The officers and a representative from the schools conduct a search of lockers and school grounds before or after students are at school.

2. When was the program created and why?

In August of 1994, we started the sweeps using the drug dogs to check for drugs.. The goal is to provide a safe environment conducive to learning.

3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?

By comparing the number of reports of drug related incidents and disciplines at the schools.

4. How is the program financed?

The Akron Police Departmentís budget.

5. How is the community involved, if at all? How has the community responded to the program?

There were some initial questions and comparisons of the use of dogs during the civil rights movement. When people realized that this dog was not going to be used as an attack dog, and when they were made aware of its effectiveness, the program gained support.

6. Contact person:

Det. Dave Ferrell, Akron Police Dept., Narcotics Unit, 217 S. High St., Akron, OH 44308, (330)375-3602, FAX (330) 375-2083

Kevin Shirey, Akron Board of Education, 70 N. Broadway, Akron, OH 44308, (330)761-2819, FAX(330) 761-3224.

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