After the New South Wales Police announced that they would be stopping anyone from entering a festival if a sniffer dog sat next to them – regardless of whether they actually had drugs or not – it felt like time was running out on such an evidently inefficient drug strategy.
And now, reports are emerging that perhaps rewarding dogs for finding drugs might not actually be the best method of consistently finding drugs and fixing the issue at hand.
According to new official police figures released after questioning by Greens MP David Shoebridge, the number of general searches in New South Wales amounted to 10,224, with 3954 deemed successful for a 61 percent failure rate.
On top of that, 1124 people were strip-searched because of a dog indication in 2017, drugs were found just 406 times – a failure rate of 64 percent meaning that 718 people were searched despite having nothing on them.
Mr Shoebridge, who runs the party’s Sniff Off campaign, said: “These aggressive searches are all about PR, about the police being seen to do something on the failing war on drugs.”
“Any other government program that gets it wrong almost two-thirds of the time would be immediately halted.”
Unsurprisingly, Police wasn’t tracking how badly this policy would impact the taxpayers’ pockets.
With so much seemingly going wrong with sniff dogs, it’s becoming blatantly obvious that it’s about time to pack it in.
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