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Dogs trained for WOD - on wrong substance...

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Preacherman, May 21, 2005.

  1. Preacherman

    Preacherman New Member

    From the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4568321.stm):

    Last Updated: Saturday, 21 May, 2005, 03:01 GMT 04:01 UK

    Powder mix-up fools sniffer dogs

    Dogs can be vital to police work, but only if they know what to sniff for

    A team of Australian drug sniffer dogs has been sent back for retraining, after it was found they could only track talcum powder, not cocaine.

    Melbourne police found that the white powder used to hone the dogs' nostrils was not in fact an illegal substance.

    A probe is now under way to see whether any illicit drugs have gone missing.

    "They're very good at detecting talcum powder," joked Assistant Commissioner Paul Evans. "If there's any missing kids, we'll find them fairly quickly."

    The seven dogs had been in training since January.

    They are meant to sit down next to a person, when they detect the scent of cocaine.

    Unfortunately, the dogs have yet to smell the drug, since the bag of white powder supplied by the Australian Federal Police for the canine training turned out to be talcum powder.

    Police in Victoria have launched an inquiry to see whether any cocaine has gone missing.

    But Assistant Commissioner Evans said that drugs were sometimes cut with other substances.

    It was also possible that the training bag was mislabelled.

    Victoria police must now find out if cocaine has gone missing
    "It's embarrassing," Mr Evans told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

    "It shouldn't happen, it did happen, it certainly tested our audit procedures, which have worked in this case.

    "We have picked it up ourselves fairly quickly."

    Victoria's Police Minister Tim Holding was unimpressed.

    "I was surprised and I was disappointed," he said.

    There is no word on how long it will take to break the dogs' talcum habit and retrain them to react only to cocaine.
    Last edited: May 21, 2005
  2. BryanP

    BryanP New Member

    Now that's just too rich. I needed a good laugh this morning. In a gunnie cliche I had freaking "Night of the Living Dead" nightmares all night.
  3. The_Antibubba

    The_Antibubba New Member

    Don't try to smuggle "Gold Bond" into Australia-they'll catch you! :D
  4. Preacherman

    Preacherman New Member

    I have this wonderful mental picture of the dogs "alerting" on every diaper-clad baby that's carried or wheeled past them... :D
  5. DRZinn

    DRZinn New Member

    So they can retrain them to detect coaine - but can they "untrain" them from detecting talcum powder? Seems to me if this were the US, or if they have similar statutes, the fact that the dogs were originally trained on talc would get any conviction thrown out of court if the cocaine bearer also had some talc.

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