Canutillo ISD will have a new drug and weapon sniffing dog this school year

El Paso News

Several school districts are getting ready to resume classes next week including Canutillo Independent School District, and with the new school year comes some big changes.

Safety is a big concern and district leaders are urging parents, students and anyone traveling near their schools to follow posted speed limits and keep a close eye out for students.

Canutillo will have more crossing guards and security guards on duty this year, including a special officer keeping watch over all their schools.

Her name is Alis, and she has four legs and a good sense of smell. She’ll be looking for weapons and illegal drugs.

“We take her to different campuses she shows her presence if we ever feel there’s a need to go to a specific campus then,” Canutillo ISD spokeswoman Liza Rodriguez said. “Same routine as a police officer.”

Rodriguez told  us Alis is the only K-9 officer in the region that is trained to sniff out both weapons and narcotics.

Remember both Ysleta ISD and UTEP will be back in session on Monday as well. 

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