Join the campaign to end police drug dog searches in NSW public places
This program is a charade played out for press releases. It has never caught a major drug dealer and doesn't reduce demand for drugs. An exhaustive 2006 evaluation by the NSW Ombudsman slammed to program as unfair, harmful and ineffective. The rate of searches has since doubled. Clearly, doing something useful for the community is not the goal.
The use of drug detection dogs at music festivals has been directly linked to an overdose death in NSW. Twenty-three year old James Munro died after taking three ecstasy tablets prior to entering Defqon1. His father Stephen explained to ABC's 7:30 Report 'There was a police presence at the gates and a concern he would be detected.'
The high volume of dog operations on trains targets target poorer people even though wealthier people are more likely to use illegal drugs. In 2013, about 80% of searches on trains found no drugs.
A person at Redfern station is 650% more likely to be searched than a person at Central and they are less likely to be found with drugs.
This kind of policing undermines the status of police and damages their relationship with the community.
Dear Mike Baird,
Please use your powers as NSW Premier to end police use of drug detection dogs in public places. Drug dog operations increase the risk of drug overdose but not the demand for drugs. They generate antagonism and distrust between members of the public and police. The searches conducted during these operations are intrusive and they usually find no drugs. No-one wins from this program. It's time to end it now.