Meet Auburn High School’s New Safety Patrol Dog

AUBURN, Ala. (WSFA) – A first-of-its-kind school safety program launched this year at schools across the city of Auburn. “Paws on Patrol” uses detection dogs to mitigate the risk of shooting and makes students feel safer on campus.

This is part of a partnership with Global K9 Protection Group (GK9PG) based in Lee County. The new school safety standards blueprint is now in use across the country.

Global K9 Protection Group trains dogs to detect explosive materials and firearms. Canines have been used across the country at professional sporting events, entertainment venues, and airports. Now, for the first time, dogs are being used to detect guns in schools.

“The use of this technology is used all over the world, everywhere, we just don’t use them much in schools, especially for firearms,” ​​said Michael Larkin, vice president of business services for GK9PG. . “Very quickly, you can move a dog across campus, across campus, through large crowds, and use them as moving technology to seek out the scents they’re trained to define.”

The Paws on Patrol program is the first public/private partnership to test a new initiative to reduce shooter-related incidents on campus. This is a program first started in conjunction with Auburn City Schools and is now used nationwide.

“The consortium brings together law enforcement, school officials, community stakeholders and detection dog experts with the goal of protecting students from shootings and building community trust,” Larkin said.

Amos is the friendly black lab trained under GK9PG who is helping protect students on the Auburn High School campus this year.

“It puts the community at ease to see that we are intentional in our safety and security efforts,” said Daniel Chesser, public relations coordinator for Auburn City Schools. “We are very honored to be considered to pilot this program for the first semester of the school year and everything has gone very well so far.”

“We’re really building this model so that if a campus or a school sits down and says we want to start a program, we can give them a roadmap to say this is how you do it,” Larkin said.

A veteran-owned and operated company, GK9PG is the largest Transportation Security Administration (TSA)-certified third-party canine program provider and the second-largest canine security company in the United States.

Dogs trained by Global K9 are bred by Auburn University Veterinary School’s Canine Performance Science Program, which is also well known for its training programs.

Paws on Patrol finds unique ways to provide these dogs to schools that cannot afford them. If your school system is interested in participating in the program, visit their website.

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