CRIMINOLOGISTS have urged schools to introduce sniffer dogs to stop pupils using drugs, following a successful pilot scheme.
Researchers found the use of dogs at six Buckinghamshire secondary schools was "very successful" at detecting and preventing drugs coming into the classroom.
The John Grieve Centre for Policing and Community Safety has recommended that local education authorities adopt the programme, after carrying out an independent study.
During the programme, dogs searched buildings and classrooms and were stationed inside school gates to detect whether pupils were carrying drugs or had come into contact with them.
Prof Allyson MacVean, who led the study, said sniffer dogs should be part of every school's anti-drugs strategy.
A study by Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College found most pupils (82%), parents (98%) and staff (92%) were in favour of the use of dogs.
said the scheme focused on treating pupils found with drugs as children who were at risk, rather than young offenders.