Drug Detection Dogs, commonly known as sniffer dogs, are trained to indicate the presence of drugs.
Their use is allowed without a warrant in pubs, clubs, entertainment events, public transport and stations, certain busses, tattoo parlours and the entire Kings Cross precinct.
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.
Australia's sniffer dog program costs approximately $9.4 million per year.
Are sniffer dogs effective enough to
justify their economic costs &
restrictions on freedoms?
Drug & Alcohol Research & Training; '2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey: Preliminary findings'
The Conversation; 'Why drug detection dogs are sniffing up the wrong tree'
The Daily Telegraph; 'Greens want a leash on drug dogs'
The Daily Telegraph; 'Greens want a leash on drug dog'
Daily Telegraph; 'Yuppie drug culture: Double Bay clubs raided by police'
The Daily Telegraph; 'Private sniffer dogs banned from events, clubs under law change'