As citizens in today’s society we must realize that state, county, and local law enforcement agency are not equipped with the resources to search every School, Home, Office, and Vehicle on a random or for cause basis. Additionally; Pinellas County School Police Department does not have the resources to search private schools on a random or for cause basis.
Before we continue and just to be clear my husband Cpl Frank Burke is a retired Florida Highway Patrol State Trooper, and I am a former Federal EEO Investigative Analyst for the USPS. Together as former law enforcement and private investigators licensed in the state of Florida; we have and will always #BackTheBlue.
Accepting the responsibility that comes with being a parent, grandparent and longtime advocate of a grass roots war on drugs I looked for another way to help the community and our clients kick it up a notch. Based on an earlier career training and showing dogs I began researching drug dogs. By contacting the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association I discovered I met the professional qualifications to train and certify.
My dream was to be available 24/7 as a team to randomly search (homes, offices, vehicles and schools) to detect the possibility of narcotics without law enforcement involvement. By maintaining a random and high profile we could also be a psychological deterrence thereby preventing the possibility of future narcotics on campus. Now I needed a dog.
It took 6 months and a substantial financial investment to purchase the right dog and another eight weeks to complete the same narcotic detection training the police department K9 teams do. On July 7, 2014 #Caliberandme tested and certified as a Narcotic Detector Dog Team the same way the police department K9 teams do.
Now I needed to tell the community. Too Much Time On Their Hands