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PADD dogs in schools trial

5 March 2019

High school principals will be able to proactively invite Passive Alert Drug Detection (PADD) dogs on to school grounds under a new protocol signed off by the Education Department and South Australia Police (SAPOL).

The protocol was developed during 2018 by the Education Department and SAPOL, along with other stakeholders including the non-government school sector.

Under the protocol, which has been designed with student wellbeing and natural justice at its core, students will be assembled away from the buildings while the operation takes place.

It is expected that this provides opportunities for whole-school activities, including substance abuse education sessions, to take place.

The protocol includes a process for identifying schools where there may be a larger cohort of children and young people vulnerable to illicit drug use.