Manchester Airport sniffer dogs are now under scrutiny after failing to find class A drugs in a span of 7 months.
Independent Chief Inspector of Boards and Immigration released a report stating that there are improvements required in how the sniffer dogs are being used.
The report covered the months from November 2014 to June 2015. What made the report interesting was the discovery that one of the sniffer dogs managed to find bits of sausage within that period.
A risk to public health
While the dog has been trained in sniffing animal products that are illegal, the sausages and cheese detected are not a threat to the health of citizens from the United Kingdom. For the Home Office, the performance of the sniffer dogs is a low return to their investment of £1.25m.
Eyeing a better strategy
In their four months of duty, the sniffer dogs were able to detect 181 kg of illegal meat, £28,000 cash, 60 kilograms of tobacco, and 46,000 cigarettes. The numbers are quite impressive as it is but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.
The Home Office wants to impose a new strategy as they move forward. This strategy will help the sniffer dogs improve and detect more of what really needs to be detected, like drugs and explosives.
Part of the strategy is to conduct a thorough review of the whole process. They start with how the dogs were trained, and then check other factors that may have affected the dogs’ performance.
Aside from this, the Home Office also wants to check the risk assessment for each flight. Part of the evaluation will also include shuffling the handlers and sniffer dogs to other flights will improve their performance. In the end, the main goal is for these sniffer dogs to detect drugs and explosives instead of cheese and sausages. Watch the video here:
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