Friday, September 15, 2006


Sniffer dogs ‘of little value’

`Drug sniffer dogs do little to identify drug dealers and often falsely identify people as carrying illegal drugs, a report by the Ombudsman said today.

It found only 19 people out of about 10,000 indicated by dogs as carrying drugs were successfully prosecuted for supplying drugs, despite the sniffer dogs program costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The two-year investigation has questioned the need for laws which allow drug dogs to sniff people in public to detect drugs.’

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