|Published:||Jul 26, 2012 5:50 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 26, 2012 6:35 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- When Lee County students head back to the classrooms in a couple of weeks, they'll be joined by a new classmate of sorts. A Lee County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit will be hitting the halls.
2.5-year old Morgan Kali isn't your average lab. She's highly trained in sniffing out drugs and gunpowder.
"Usually it takes 30-40 minutes to do a good search with her. She does have a very fast search pattern," Field Training Officer Scott Hoerner said Thursday.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office K-9 is the first to be permanently assigned to search public schools, five days a week.
"It'll be random. Maybe today she's at North Fort Myers High, maybe tomorrow she's at Cypress Middle. People won't know with any certainty when and where she's going to be," Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott said Thursday.
Morgan Kali already went through extensive training, but she'll continue regular classes to keep her narcotics and gun-smelling skills sharp. While she apppears prim and proper during her locker searches, her trainer says she's soaking up her time on school grounds.
"For her, it's a game. She's really just out there playing," Hoerner said.
The K-9 unit will spend the majority of her time patrolling middle schools and high schools, but she'll also occasionally visit elementary schools.
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