One of CMS’ newest employees is already making a big impact. Nico,
the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' firearm detection dog, is helping
keep schools safe. CMS is the first district in the state to hire their
own firearm detection dog.
“Dogs can work about 100,000 times faster than humans,” said Tim
Jolly, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Police Department detective. “They
can detect the odor of a weapon before we even know where to look.”
Two-year-old Nico, a German Shepherd, who was born in the Czech
Republic, arrived in March as part of the district’s enhanced focus on school safety.
This spring, Nico found a weapon that was stored in a backpack hidden
in a file cabinet. “We want Nico to serve as a deterrent,” said Jolly.
Watch the video to learn more about how Nico works and see him in action.