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.