Stop Using Drug Detection Dogs
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that drug detection dog operations have been proven to be vastly ineffective. Not only do they not reduce drug supply or usage, but they provoke dangerous responses, such as individuals consuming drugs quickly when dogs are present.
Public searches in bars, nightclubs or on the street in full view of the general public are an unacceptable invasion of an individual's civil liberties and right to privacy. This is significant given that up to 80% of indications made by drug detection dogs lead to no drugs being found.
The petitioners urge the Legislative Council to acknowledge the invasion of civil liberties, potential harm and ineffectiveness of drug detection dogs and request that the Government take immediate steps to cease the use of drug detection dogs as part of ‘Operation Safenight”