feb. 21, 2017
The Village of Liberty Police Department and Liberty Central
School District have announced that a police K9 search that took
place on Feb. 21 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 12:45 p.m., when the
administrative staff of Liberty Middle and Liberty High School
ordered a stay-put 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 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 (845) 292-5400.