Police dog Oscar's new beat is to sniff out in Torbay pubs
By Herald Express | Friday, February 15, 2013, 07:00
A HIGHLY-TRAINED police dog is helping fight drug dealing in town centre pubs around Torbay.
The on-going police operation, code-named Operation Croft, uses sniffer dog Oscar, a passive drugs dog trained to detect the scent of narcotics on passers-by.
If he smells drugs, Oscar is trained to sit and wait to indicate to his handler, PC Geoffrey Turner-Moore, that the person either has drugs on them, or has been in contact with drugs.
Officers then carry out searches of suspects using their powers under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
PC Will Young, who is running Operation Croft with members of the Torquay and Paignton Town Centres Teams, supported by PCSOs, said: "This is a high-visibility, ongoing operation in and around the central business districts of Torquay and Paignton.
"The aim is to send out a clear message to users, dealers and licensees that drugs will not be tolerated in our town centres.
"The operation will be continuing in both town centres in the coming months.
"It is being run in conjunction with Operation Ambassador to improve the quality of life and safety of the public and improve the reputation of Torbay's night-time economy."