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Sniffer Dogs



facts:

  • Drug Detection Dogs, commonly known as sniffer dogs, are trained to indicate the presence of drugs.

  • Even though sniffer dogs have a very low correct detection rate, their use still gives police the right to strip search. Strip searches are the most invasive level of searches that police are legally permitted to perform under law.

issue:

Are sniffer dogs effective enough to

justify their economic costs &

restrictions on freedoms?



sources:

  1. SMH; 'Fewer police sniffer dog searches but most still don't find drugs'

  2. The Guardian; 'The dogs don't work': NSW Greens say $66m 'wasted' on drug sniffer dog unit'

  3. Triple J; 'Sniffer dogs and strip searches at music festivals'

  4. NSW Parliament; 'House Business Paper 0861 - Justice and Police - POLICE DRUG DETECTION DOG COMPLAINTS AND COSTS'

  5. SMH; 'Indigenous populations, drug dogs linked, analysis finds'

  6. Drug & Alcohol Research & Training; '2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey: Preliminary findings'

  7. ABC; 'Accuracy of police dogs called into question'

  8. The Conversation; 'Why drug detection dogs are sniffing up the wrong tree'

  9. ABC; 'Report shows Australia's drug trade is at an all-time high, big increase in ice and steroid arrests'

  10. The Daily Telegraph; 'Greens want a leash on drug dogs'

  11. SMH; 'Drug searches: thousands falsely identified by sniffer dogs'

  12. The Daily Telegraph; 'Greens want a leash on drug dog'

  13. Daily Telegraph; 'Yuppie drug culture: Double Bay clubs raided by police'

  14. ABC; 'Accuracy of police dogs called into question'

  15. The Daily Telegraph; 'Private sniffer dogs banned from events, clubs under law change'

  16. ABC; 'Accuracy of police dogs called into question'


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