Pill testing at festivals: Victim's mother backs coroner's recommendations
Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame has called for pill testing and a roll-back of policing at NSW music festivals in a set of draft recommendations.In proposed measures lauded by the mother of one of the tragic festival-goers, Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame urged the Berejiklian government to consider decriminalising the personal use of illicit drugs and stage a drug summit to develop evidence-based drug policy.
' Australia is a police state ': Cops accused of ' wasting time and money ' as they bring sniffer dogs INSIDE a concert to check people for drugs . Police with sniffers dogs were seen at Sydney's Enmore Theatre on Saturday. Many slammed police for wasting resources labeling enforcement as disgusting.
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs , wildlife scat, currency, blood
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.
NSW Premier reiterates Government's opposition to pill testing despite coroner's impending recommendation
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has again ruled out the prospect of pill testing at music festivals despite a leaked draft coroner's report recommending the move. The State Government is today introducing to Parliament legislation to reinstate a system that requires festivals deemed "high-risk" to meet a safety management plan. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
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Sniffer dogs are a key tool in the arsenal of law enforcement to do their jobs- trained to sniff out everything from drugs to fruit and boasting As it turns out, though, how these crime-fighting pooches are typically trained is a very simple process anyone can do with a bit of persistence and patience.
'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.
Comment: Time for a different approach to music festival deaths
NSW seems further than ever from a rational policy to stop drug-related deaths of festival-goers. The now hackneyed debate pits the law-and-order lobby, who say the only answer is to arrest all drug users, against advocates of harm minimisation, who accept drugs at gigs and want to make it as safe as possible.The argument burst to the surface on Tuesday with the leaking of NSW Deputy Coroner Harriet Grahame’s draft recommendations from her inquest into the tragic deaths of six young people in recent years.The leak of the draft is unfortunate and highly unusual.
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If the dogs are as unreliable as the Tribune's analysis suggests, can States have varying certification and follow-up testing requirements to ensure that sniffer dogs continue to detect drugs accurately. No spam, we promise. You can unsubscribe at any time and we'll never share your details without
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.
Festival deaths: 'Don't blame NSW cops'
Police Association of NSW acting president Kevin Morton says the Coroners Court should not be the forum for public debate on pill testing at music festivals.NSW officers say it's "offensive and wrong" to suggest heavy-handed policing may have contributed to young people dying from drug overdoses at music festivals.
One very often used tool in the law enforcement tool box is the power to intimidate citizens into voluntarily giving up their rights, usually without even realizing they are doing it.
It is actually enormously difficult to conceal drugs from well-trained sniffer dogs . The way it was explained to me (by an uncle in the police who trained sniffer dogs in the UK) is that a But there was a more aggressive technique used to "disable” The sniffer dogs . What you did was take your The sniffer dogs would find these places, they would spend ages searching them and wasting time .
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.
NSW Police strip-searched shopkeepers at Splendour in the Grass as part of 'military-style' operation, inquiry hears .
A solicitor who offered pro-bono legal advice at the Splendour in the Grass festival in 2018 tells a public hearing of a "military-style" operation, which saw shopkeepers and bar staff among those strip-searched by police.The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) is investigating the use of police strip-search powers at the festival, including a case in which a "crying" 16-year-old girl was told to strip and squat.