Rann Government inaction means three specially trained drug detection dogs would not be able to do their job at the Big Day Out today.
Shadow Police Minister Rob Lucas said three specially trained Labradors – Molly, Jane and Hooch – and their handlers are part of the Police Dog Operation Unit and were trained between June and September last year.
“However the Rann Government has still not introduced to Parliament, legislation required to give SAPOL the necessary powers to use these dogs for the purpose for which they were trained.
“These Labradors are passive alert detection dogs (PADD) and are trained to detect cannabis, amphetamines, ecstasy, heroin and cocaine.
“They will operate in the same manner as Customs dogs at airports and were trained to sit next to a person detected with drugs.
“Molly, Jane and Hooch were intended to be used wherever police suspected drug activity such as at nightclubs and hotels in the CBD but also entertainment venues and occasions such as the Big Day Out.
“Police sources have confirmed that these dogs still can not do the job they had been trained for because the legislation has not been amended to give them the required powers.
“The Rann Government was warned earlier last year that the legislation had to be changed but they have still done nothing.
“Sadly Rann Government inaction and incompetence means Molly, Jane and Hooch will miss the Big Day Out today and will not be able to do their job.”