FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Prestonsburg Police Department and Floyd County Schools are working together to fight drug abuse.
They have a dog trained to sniff out narcotics which is taken into the schools several times a month.
It comes as a surprise to students and sometimes staff.
They call him Lieutenant Storm, and he is trained to sniff out drugs.
"Storm is a strictly narcotics dog. He finds marijuana, heroine, meth," said Storm's handler Aaron Blevins.
Police say they do five school searches per month between all the county high schools.
They say it is also a good way to educate students about drug abuse.
"Drugs is everywhere now, and with the canine unit we're trying to deter students from bringing drugs onto school property and doing drugs period," said Blevins.
School officials say it is not a tactic used to scare students but rather help them learn about the dangers of using drugs.
"Anytime you take the initiative against something such as a drug problem you're better off than waiting until when something happens," said Prestonsburg High School Assistant Principal Jim Tom Allen.
Storm did not find any illegal drugs on Thursday's search, but officials say that is not always the case.
"If there were by any chance someone bringing drugs into the school we can hopefully find it and offer some correction for them," said Allen.
Police say Storm is a valuable asset to their team. He has been a member of the Prestonsburg Police force for more than two years.