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Herriman High School students help build drug detection boxes

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Posted at 1:51 PM, Oct 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-31 15:51:37-04

HERRIMAN, Utah -- A high school wood shop class is helping train police dogs by building special boxes that will help K-9 officers sniff out drugs.

Most of the boxes are made and shipped from the East Coast, which can be expensive for the Unified Police Department. So officers and city leaders reached out to Herriman High School.

When approached about the idea of creating the boxes, Kathleen Turner's shop class decided to take on the challenge.

"They gave us a sample box, Unified Police did, and we had a couple students who are very good at drafting and technical kind of things, so they drew up plans," Turner said.

In return, the students got their own demonstration to see how the dogs use the boxes. One box has the target, the others are loaded with decoys like dog food, tennis balls and other attractive smells. When the dog gets the right box, their reward is playing tug of war.