Do­ing good?

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RE­GARD­ING Do­ing good by dobbing ( Whit­sun­day

Times, Fe­bru­ary 25) There’s not a lot new in the idea of the uni­forms hav­ing less pres­ence on the street but at last they re­alise the il­licit drug trade isn’t be­ing solved us­ing the cur­rent model.

Maybe the model is wrong.

‘Dobbing some­one in’ is likely to see you end up as a statis­tic, rather than on the Aus­tralia Day hon­ours list. The news just in from Mex­ico (for ex­am­ple) is that it’s prob­a­bly not a good idea to be a dob­ber. The il­licit drug trade has au­to­matic weapons and real bul­lets.

In Aus­tralia, the il­licit drug trade is worth about $30 bil­lion a year. The Dob in a Dealer Cam­paign has pledged 0.003% of the drug lords’ bud­get and places civil­ians on the front line. What’s our tac­tic – sur­prise? Much of the $1m will go into pa­per­work.

A Four Cor­ners spe­cial about party drugs (Dy­ing to Dance) on Fe­bru­ary 15, re­ported the Deputy Premier and Po­lice Min­is­ter, NSW, Troy Grant, ridiculed drug test­ing kits on the ba­sis of a trial con­ducted in The Nether­lands.

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