A new furry friend with four legs will help keep students safe in Bossier Parish Schools.
Mia, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois, is a certified detector dog with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office and is solely dedicated to Bossier Parish Schools.
Mia is paired with School Resource Officer Deputy Josh Cagle who received his certification to be her handler. Their home base will be Airline High School.
Deputy Cagle and Mia will serve in a proactive role, patrolling the campus for illegal drugs and firearms. They will also be available if they are need in other areas of the district.
An anonymous donor purchased Mia and paid for her training.
Sheriff Julian Whittington has also agreed to pick up all food and medical expenses to ensure Bossier Schools does not incur any costs.
Cagle said, “Mia is going to be used to conduct random narcotic sweeps at middle and high schools as well as visit special needs students becauses of her gentle temperament.”
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington added, “We know that having an SRO on every campus makes our schools safer. Now with the help of our new K-9 ‘Mia’ and her handler SRO Dep. Cagle, we are better able to search for contraband in our schools.”
Bossier Schools Assistant Superintendent of Administration and Personnel Mitch Downey said, “Bossier is the only school district in the region with its own K9 officer walking campuses each day and we are fortunate to have Mia as an added layer of protection to ensure our students’ and employees’ safety. We cannot express our gratitude enough to this friend of Bossier Schools who has extended to us such a valuable resource.”