The issue of police sniffer dog operations has already been canvassed in the lead-up to the March state elections, with independent candidate for Bligh Gary Burns launching a No Dogs campaign this week.
Burns yesterday distributed hundreds of fliers across Darlinghurst, Kings Cross and the inner city, featuring an illustration of a bulldog in a police-style vest pulling down the back of a person’s pants with the slogan No Dogs.
Burns told Sydney Star Observer that this is one of the strongest issues in his overall Nobody Cares More Than Gary Burns campaign for Bligh.
It’s not a case of Gary Burns condoning illicit drug usage, it’s a case of managing the problem better. Right now we’re just wasting police resources, Burns said.
Dogs sniffing people is a real problem. The fabric of our society is built on a fair go and I believe the dogs impinge on the fair go principle. Using dogs with men in uniform reminds me of Adolf Hitler. It’s not the way forward for our society and I believe police are assaulting innocent citizens.
Targeting recreational drug users is like putting water in your car for petrol; it might seem like a good idea, but it simply doesn’t work, Burns said.