Australia 'Australia is a police state': Cops accused of 'wasting time and money' as they sneakily bring drug sniffer dogs inside a THEATRE to nab patrons
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Police officers have sparked outrage after they used sniffer dogs to check people for drugs inside a theatre.
Officers and drug dogs were there waiting to pounce on revellers entering the 'Road to Summer Gathering' concert at the Enmore Theatre in Newtown, Sydney, on Saturday night.
A picture of the officers and their dogs was shared to the 'Sniff Off!' Facebook page, with people quick to criticise the police 'wasting time and money' and warning that Australia was in danger of becoming 'a police state'.
'That is a disgrace... Let’s have them at all theatres, concert halls and the Opera House. Charity balls! So contemptuous of certain parts of society,' one person wrote to Facebook.
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'NSW has totally lost the plot and is doing ZERO of benefit in order to prevent harm to people’s health,' another said.
'What a waste of time and money,' one person wrote.
'WTF! They really are turning it into a police state now, you can't even go to the theater without being harassed?' one asked.
'Absolutely disgusting. You know it all comes down to people power, make your next vote count,' someone commented.
One person defended the actions of police, saying the concert was a 'rave event' meaning the drug dogs weren't 'entirely out of place'.
A NSW police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia the dogs were being used as part of a 'proactive drug operation' targetting licensed premises in Newtown's entertainment precinct.
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There were 27 searches conducted and eight drug detections on Saturday night, including MDMA, cocaine and GHB.
The spokesperson said seven people had received notices to attend court after the operation.
The outrage comes as a NSW Police officer who carried out 19 strip searches at the Splendour in the Grass music festival near Byron Bay admitted that all of them may have been against the law.
The senior constable told the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission that only one of the searches found drugs - a single tablet used to treat anxiety and depression.
Earlier this month, police with two dogs were seen walking through a busy shopping centre in Hurstville, in Sydney's South.
The dogs were deployed in an effort to track down shoppers carrying drugs.
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In April, sniffer dogs were seen in two Sydney pubs in a bid to catch NRL fans with drugs on them.
The Orchard in Chatswood and Beach Road in Bondi were bombarded with police with one man being cornered by officers.
Central station was also swarmed by police in May where there at least 15 officers with their dogs roaming through the station during rush hour.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted NSW Police for comment.
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