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Polk School District is EXCITED to officially announce the arrival of our two newest Polk School District Police Officers-- K-9 Officer Paco and K-9 Officer Phantom!

The safety and security of our staff and students continues to be our priority and we are proud to be able to offer this extra layer of security in our district. We appreciate your continued partnership and support in these efforts.

Polk School District is EXCITED to officially announce the arrival of our two newest Polk School District Police Officers-- K

Polk School District is EXCITED to officially announce the arrival of our two newest Polk School District Police Officers-- K

 

March 28, 2022

 

 

Parents and Guardians:

 

Polk School District is continually working to ensure our staff and students are able to learn and work in a safe and secure educational environment. While the Polk School District Police Department currently houses an officer at each of our campus locations, we are excited to announce the addition of two (2) K-9 officers. Please join us in welcoming K-9 Officer Phantom and K-9 Officer Paco to the Polk School District family. K-9 Officer Paco and K-9 Officer Phantom are Belgian Malinois, a breed known for their loyalty and intelligence. Polk School District Police Lieutenant Josh Smith and Officer Kyle Shelton will serve as our K-9 officer handlers. These officers have completed extensive training to work with our new K-9 officers.

In addition to their regular responsibilities, our K-9 handlers will serve to further educate our students regarding prohibited and unprohibited items, substances, paraphernalia, etc. Our K-9 Officers have received extensive professional training to include identifying the following:

 

  • Firearms (to include ammunition)
  • Nicotine (vapes)
  • Narcotics (controlled substances)
  • Missing or lost people by tracking

 

Our K-9 Officers are highly trained; students will be encouraged to get to know them. Lt. Smith and Officer Shelton will readily assist students in how to appropriately become acquainted with our new K-9 Officers and will be present throughout our schools and at events on a regular basis. Please note, our K-9 Officers will not search individuals, rather they will do random sweeps of our facilities to maintain the highest level of safety and security.  

 

It is the goal of Polk School District to always ensure the safety and security of our staff and students above all else. We are proud of the extra layer of support our K-9 Officers will provide in pursuing this goal. We appreciate your continued partnership in these efforts.