The Village of Liberty Police Department and Liberty Central School District
have announced that a police K9 search that took place on Nov. 12 at
Liberty Middle and Liberty High School resulted in no illegal
substances or explosives being found.
The district is working in partnership with Village of Liberty Police Department and the New York State Police to conduct free random walk-throughs in order to ensure that the schools maintain a safe learning environment. Canine units are brought to Liberty schools by state police as a proactive measure, not in response to any perceived increase in disruptive or dangerous behavior.
The district has conducted canine walk-throughs in the past. This most recent walk-through took place at 9 a.m. on Nov. 12, when the administrative staff of Liberty Middle and Liberty High School ordered a lock-down of students and staff while canines and their handlers conducted a free air search of all academic lockers. The dogs are specifically trained to alert during a free air search on the scent of illegal drugs or explosives. The Fallsburg Police Department's Canine Unit was also present.
The canine teams do not search students during the
walk-through. The students remained in class during the search,
which lasted approximately 30 minutes. Those with additional
questions or concerns can contact the school’s main office at