Officers misusing controversial practice that was intended as a last resort, report says

The use of drug dogs is helping to fuel a massive increase in strip-searches by New South Wales police, often without legal grounds.

A report released on Thursday reveals that in the past 12 years the number of strip-searches conducted in NSW increased almost 20-fold, from 277 times in the 12 months to 30 November 2006 to 5,483 in 2018.

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