November 2, 2017
This morning the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office conducted a narcotics search of the county’s three high schools. Shortly after the first bell the school resource officers called for a *low level lock-down of their schools. Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of narcotics K-9s entered the schools. School administrators were not informed of the operation prior to the lock-down. This operation was a pre-planned event and like drills preformed in the schools yearly. Timing of this operation was based on man-power and resource availably, not specific concerns.
K-9s from the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office and Rocky Mount Police Department assistant Bedford County Sheriff’s K-9 deputies with the operation.
The lock-downs were lifted at all three schools at approximately 10:45 a.m.
The only contraband found in the school searches this morning was a pellet gun in a student’s car and a small amount of marijuana in a student’s book bag.
Other than these findings the operation was uneventful. As usual, School Officials and students at all three school were extremely cooperative.
The timing of this operation was scheduled based mainly on man-power and resources, availability of K-9s, not specific concerns. The BCSO have been conducting these types of operations in the Bedford County Schools for years.