STUDENTS ASSAIL POLICE DOG SEARCH PLAN.Byline: Alicia Doyle Daily News Staff Writer
What began as a typical presentation of Simi Valley's K-9 unit at a local junior high school turned into an intense discussion of constitutional rights Wednesday.
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Ninth-grader Sean Carl was applauded by his schoolmates during the open forum, when he told officers ``these (searches) take away the rights from the kids.''
Other students said they were worried that the dogs could attack an innocent person by mistake, while some were concerned that the officers would be carrying guns on campus or were concerned that their lockers might be sniffed out by accident.
One in a series of assemblies to be presented at secondary schools districtwide, the presentation showed students what to expect when the dogs are brought on campuses as part of the school district's ``zero tolerance'' policy.
Lt. Don Austin of the K-9 unit told the students that a similar program in Ventura has been ruled to be constitutional, because lockers are the property of the school and not the students.
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``I support anything that will help do away with drugs,'' Webb said.
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Austin explained that should a dog sniff out a locker, that locker would not be opened by a police officer. Instead, the locker would be marked and a school administrator would handle the matter. He added that the dogs will be leashed at all times.
The K-9 unit agreed to help with the district's efforts, by bringing up to 10 dogs at a time to Simi school campuses as part of their police dog training.
School officials voted 4-1 in March to bring police dogs on campuses. The decision was made despite continuing protests by students who said the move would violate their constitutional right to privacy.
The program, scheduled to begin as soon as next week on a pilot basis, is a joint effort between the school district and the Simi Valley Police Department's K-9 Unit.
``They've (the school district) taken a stand on making campuses safe,'' said Austin. ``Anything they can do to achieve that is wonderful.''
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Photo: (1--Simi edition only--Color) K-9 unit officer Dw ight Thompson introduces his partner Max during an assembly at Sequoia Junior High School in Simi on Wednesday.
(2--Simi edition only--Color) Officer Thompson gives Max a command, while students received information on the dogs' role in drug searches on campus.
Andy Holzman/Special to the Daily News