Since 2001, NSW Police have used drug detection dogs in public places to screen members of the public for the scent of illegal drugs. An indication by a detection dog is used as a basis for police to conduct a frisk or strip search. Usually these searches find no drugs. As part of the #ditchthedogs campaign, calling on NSW Police Commissioner to end the use of drug detection dogs in public places, we've put together this infographic the failures and harms of the program. You can sign the petition hereRead more
Police claim that drug dog operations are deterring drug use and catching dealers but the truth is that they catch hardly any dealers, very few people are deterred, and the risks of harm are increased.