K-9 unit in Somerset middle school breaks down barriers

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SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ) – There is a new face roaming the halls of Southern Middle School in Somerset.

This year, the school got its own K-9 unit.

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Deputy Tyler Brummett was patrolling the hallways alone for three years.

Last spring, the librarian approached Brummett about getting him and the school a K-9 unit.

Brummett got the idea approved by the principal and superintendent. Staff and students had to raise $8,000 for the K-9 unit.

They did fundraisers that included selling cotton candy and t-shirts.

Midnight is the K-9 unit and he’s two years old. Midnight is trained to sniff out several types of drugs.

He is based at Southern Middle School, but Brummett and Midnight will randomly visit other schools in the district and walk the hallways.

“We don’t want kids to ever bring in any kind of drug substances in schools but if they do you know they know he’s going to find them,” said Tyler Brummett, School Resource Officer.

Midnight has also broken down barriers between the deputy and the students.

Brummett says students who would never talk to him before are now seeking him out to talk.

The staff and students say they love Midnight. Brummett created an Instagram account for Midnight to keep everyone updated on the work he’s doing.

Pictures: Deputy Tyler Brummett