By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Eighth-graders at Tupelo Middle School spent the first three weeks of the school year studying crime scene investigation.
On Friday, they got to see a couple of players from the real thing.
Zach Anderson, a canine handler with the Tupelo Police Department, spoke to the students outside the school and led a demonstration with his dog, Bo.
Bo, a Belgian Malinois, is one of four dogs with the police department for narcotic detection and patrol work.
Anderson told the students about how the dogs are trained and used by the police department.
Bo then entered the school’s football field and quickly found a package of cocaine that Anderson had hidden under a box on the field. Anderson showed the students how he trained Bo with a special ball and how the dog responded to hand signals and commands given in Dutch.
The officer said he enjoys bringing the 8-year-old dog to schools and presenting him to students.
“Any time I can show Bo off, it is awesome,” Anderson said.
Eighth-grade science teacher Judy Harden said her students benefited from the lesson.
“The police department is a big part of CSI,” Harden said. “This gives them real-life experience to see what they really do.
“We always love to spark their interest in science. They have fun with all of this.”