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Administrative Procedure 353: Appendix: Narcotics Detection Dogs


There are conditions under which a search using a law enforcement canine trained in narcotics investigation may be made at a site within the Division in order to protect the health, welfare and safety of students and staff at the school.


  1. The Principal may authorize a search by a law enforcement trained narcotics detachment dog under the following conditions:
    1. All students and parents have been informed in writing of the possibilities of law enforcement canines trained in narcotics being brought onto school property;
    2. The Principal must notify the Superintendent of the reason for his/her request for a law enforcement search;
    3. Once approval has been granted by the Superintendent, random or suspected automobile, locker, bag or parcel searches can occur. In no case shall a random or non-random group of students or individuals be subject to an individual search by a narcotics detachment dog;
    4. Parcels and bags can be scanned by the law enforcement trained narcotics detachment dog. Parcels and bags are defined as handbags, book bags, sports bags, purses, backpacks, etc.
  2. In the event that drugs or drug paraphernalia or other contraband are found in any stage of the screening, those items shall be confiscated and the involved student shall meet with the Principal. The appropriate law enforcement officials may be notified.
  3. Parents must be notified by the Principal if drugs or drug paraphernalia have been found in/on the student’s locker, bag, vehicle or person.
  4. No school personnel may conduct a pat-down search of a student.
  5. The Principal may suspend or seek the expulsion of the student found to be in possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia.


Section 11, 52, 53, 197, 222 Education Act
Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act
Children First Act
Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
Youth Criminal Justice Act
Criminal Code (Canada)


Approved: August 21, 2018