Sniffer dogs to train in school grounds

The States of Jersey Police dog handlers are to use the grounds of Victoria College and
Victoria College Prep as training grounds in future, with the first exercise taking place after
the May half term 2018.

The training has been arranged with the help of the Police Schools Liaison Officer PC Joana
Carter. Up to three dogs will train in different areas of the school during a lunchtime when
students will be able to watch.

Victoria College Headmaster Alun Watkins said: ''We do everything we can to keep our boys
safe and educate them about the dangers of illegal drugs. This is extremely important to us
and we know it is an issue that concerns our parents too. At Victoria College we are all too
aware that drugs are present in Jersey society and that their misuse can have serious
consequences so this is one way to highlight the issue among our students. We are pleased to
be working in close partnership with the States Police in this initiative."

Mr Watkins added: "As well as a strong education programme, we have clear policies
designed to safeguard people in our school but we are looking all the time at any extra
measures we can take. It's also important to keep our parents informed and work in
partnership with them if there are concerns."

Sergeant Paul Kemp, who runs the dog handling team, said: "We're delighted to be able to
use the Victoria College premises as part of our training programme. It offers a wide range of
building types and busy environments that will test the dogs. This is extremely valuable for us
and we are already talking to other schools about extending the training to their sites."

PC Jo Carter added: "This is a really excellent example of the education and prevention work
we are doing with schools. Showing the boys what the detection dogs can do sends a very
strong message to them that there is a high chance they will be caught if they get involved
with drugs. This training also provides a way of opening the communication with them about
this important issue."