Thursday, September 21, 2006

"The dogs are never wrong"

Good to see this in Young People Now:
DrugScope has welcomed a recommendation by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs that drug testing and sniffer dogs should not be used in schools. The Pathways to Problems report says any gains from the policy would be offset by costs, organisational issues, and the potential impact on relationships between the school and its pupils.
There's also the little problem of accuracy. Forget what you've been told: sniffer dogs are far from infallible:
The only empirical research into the public deployment of drug dogs was conducted in New South Wales, Australia, and revealed that over a 12 month period 73 per cent of people searched as a result of dog indications had no drugs about their person.
while in the US:
The use of dog indications to justify stop and searches has only recently come under legal scrutiny, and principally in the United States. In 2003, the District Court of Appeal in Florida (Matheson v State of Florida) found that the false response rate of dogs meant that an indication from a dog could not by itself provide the police with reasonable grounds to conduct a stop and search.


At Thursday, September 21, 2006 5:52:00 PM, Anonymous John Lettice said...

The NSW Ombudsman's report was published last week. Here:


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