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Sherman ISD Police Add K9 Officer

The newest member of the Sherman ISD Police Department is Jolene, a certified drug and powder detection dog who can sniff out firearms and ammunition in addition to illegal substances.  

Jolene is replacing the contracted canine services Sherman ISD has used for years at the high school and middle schools to perform periodic campus sweeps. Having SISD police conduct the searches allows them to occur more frequently, and at a reduced cost, with the addition of firearms and ammunition detection, which was not included as part of the previous contracted services. 

Black dog snifs air as students walk by

“Jolene will provide an additional layer of safety and security for our schools, with the added benefit of firearms and ammunition detection,” said Sherman ISD Police Chief Heath Wester. “Together with her handler, Sherman ISD Police Officer Tayelor Doty, she will help prevent illegal items from entering school facilities or quickly locate and remove them if they should happen to make it onto district property.” 

Currently, Sherman ISD contracts for K9 services, costing the district $10,000 per year with service provided once a month to only three campuses. The annual savings to the district will be approximately $6,000 per year or $24,000 over a 4-year period. 

Both Jolene and Officer Doty completed initial training together this winter and will be required to complete additional training requirements throughout the year to maintain their certifications. 

With the addition of Jolene, there are now nine Sherman ISD police officers (eight human and one canine), with officers at each secondary campus and two sharing responsibility for the district’s elementary schools. This school year, the SISD Police Department also successfully implemented the daily use of metal detectors at each middle and high school campus to limit certain prohibited items from being brought on campus.