Sniffer dogs get it wrong four out of five times

A record 80 per cent of sniffer dog searches for drugs resulted in false positives this year, figures show.

The figures obtained from the state government in response to parliamentary questions on notice show 14,102 searches were conducted after a dog sat next to a person, indicating they might be carrying drugs. But, in 11,248 cases, no drugs were found.

Only 2854 searches — 20 per cent — in the first nine months of this year, resulted in drugs being found, the figures show.

Last year, of the 15,779 searches conducted after police-dog identification, no drugs were found in 11,694 cases. Drugs were found in 4085 cases, resulting in a false positive rate of 74 per cent, said the Greens MP David Shoebridge, who obtained the figures — via

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