WESTERLY—More than eight police cars parked on the side of Oak Street this morning caused concern among several neighbors, but their presence in the neighborhood was unrelated to any criminal activity.
Westerly Police Chief Edward St. Clair said that several K-9 officers stopped for breakfast at Oak St. B&B after a routine dog training search at Westerly High School. St. Clair reported that the department had received several calls regarding the multiple cars from Groton, Waterford, Clinton and Warwick on Oak Street, but that there was no cause for concern.
The dog training is part of collaboration between the department and Westerly High School to have the dogs search lockers and cars for drugs during one of the school’s lockdown drills.
“It keeps the kids on their toes, and it’s good training for the dogs,” St. Clair said, explaining that several K-9 officers bring their dogs down to Westerly for the search about once per year.
On Friday, police issued a citation to one male juvenile for possession of marijuana, 1 ounce or less, according to St. Clair.
The vehicles parked on Oak Street departed by 11 a.m. this morning after the officers finished breakfast.