Sniffer dogs wrong in two-thirds of New South Wales strip searches

Snifferdogswerewronginalmosttwo-thirdsstripsearchesintheAustralianstateNewSouthWaleslastyear.

Of1124peoplestripsearchedbecauseadogindicationin2017,drugswerefoundjust406times-afailurerate64percent,ficialpolicefiguresreleasedafterquestioningbyGreensMPDavidShoebridgeshow.

That’s718peoplesubjectedtoastripsearchdespitehavingnothingonthem.

Thenumbergeneralsearchesinthestate,whichSydneyisthecapitalcity,was10,224,with3954deemedsuccessfulfora61percentfailurerate.

Policeapparentlydidnottrackhowmuchtheprogramcosttaxpayers.

TheNewDailyreportsthisyearhasnotbeenmuchbetter,with735peoplestripsearchedafterbeingsingledoutbyadrugdogbetweenJanuaryandJune7.

Drugswerefound321thosetimes,afailurerate56percent.

MrShoebridge,whorunstheparty’scampaign,said:“TheseaggressivesearchesareallaboutPR,aboutthepolicebeingseentodosomethingonthefailingwarondrugs.”

“Anyothergovernmentprogramthatgetsitwrongalmosttwo-thirdsthetimewouldbeimmediatelyhalted.”

NSWPolicelastmonth.

AspokespersonforretiringNSWpoliceministerTroyGrantsaidthesnifferdogprogramhadthestategovernment’sfullsupport.

ScottCarbinesisMixmag’sAustralianDigitalContentEditor,followhimon

Via:]