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.