The Santa Barbara School District is going to star using drug sniffing dog for random drug searches on its high school campuses.
The district’s school board decided last night to develop a contract with a company which provides the service.
The dogs are trained to detect cocaine, marijuana, and other drugs, as well as alcoholic beverages, and gunpowder.
A study two years ago showed that some 14 percent of students admitted to using illegal drugs on school property.
District officials still have to develop a policy on how the random searches will be conducted.
Plans call for the use of the dogs to begin next school year.