SCPD K9 Unit visits Shoreham-Wading River High School

Students in Shoreham-Wading River High School’s criminal justice class had a first-hand experience with the inner workings of the judicial system when members of the Suffolk County Police Department K9 Unit visited the school.

The students were eager to learn about the dogs’ unique skills and keen sense of smell in aiding their handlers in catching criminals and solving crimes.

The visit was a part of the program’s in-the-field experience, which provides students with a hands-on understanding of law enforcement practices, challenges, the criminal justice system, crime scene investigations and the psychology of a criminals’ mind.

“To coordinate these hands-on learning opportunities and witness those who become inspired to pursue careers in the criminal justice system is a rewarding experience for students and an educator,” said teacher Ruth Squillace. “They were eager to interact with the officers and the dogs and had many questions about what it takes to dedicate a person’s life to public service.”