The Canines: Ensuring Children’s Safety at School Reporter Teller Hernandez recently met with officers at South Olive Elementary School in West Palm Beach to learn about the important roles these dogs play in keeping kids safe. Sergeant Curtis Riddick is the Canine Supervisor for the Palm Beach County School Police Department, which has a team of eight dogs. One of these dogs, Cash, trained in search and rescue, is considered one of the best in the school. His incredible sense of smell allows him to track people foot by foot, even days later. While each of the 182 schools in Palm Beach County has at least one human police officer, the presence of these specially trained canines is invaluable.
Officer Teak Adams and his canine partner Vanessa are stationed at South Olive Elementary, eliminating the need to rely on assistance from other departments. Vanessa, a trained explosives detection dog, not only excels in her job, but also spends time building relationships with students on campus. These highly trained canine officers not only ensure safety, but also provide a much-needed mental health boost to students and staff.
Officer Adams emphasizes the importance of fostering a bond between law enforcement and children. He firmly believes that investing in the lives of the young generation is crucial for a better future. One of the canines is specifically trained to detect firearms, addressing an important issue prevalent throughout the United States.
Instead of waiting for a potential threat, this dog can be quickly deployed when needed. Their presence serves as a preventive measure and offers a sense of security to everyone on campus. With their dual roles of safety and support, these canines truly make a difference in the lives of the students and staff members at South Olive Elementary School..