Making a Complaint About Sniffer Dogs

If you have been subject to sniffer dogs or stopped and searched by police with sniffer dogs, there are also a number of other organisations you can complain to directly, including:

  • The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission. The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission is an independent statutory body responsible for investigating complaints against the police. It has its own independent investigators for these cases. Some less serious complaints will be referred to the police for investigation but, these will be monitored by the Commission’s own staff. You can get details on how to make a complaint here.
  • The NSW Police Local Area Commander in the area where you saw the dogs. To complain about NSW police officers, you can contact the Police Customer Assistance Unit on 1800 622 571.
  • The Police Integrity Commission: The Police Integrity Commission was established in 1996 by the NSW Parliament on the recommendation of the Royal Commission into the NSW Police Service.  It is separate from and completely independent of the NSW Police Force. Its principal functions are to detect, investigate and prevent police misconduct 9321 6700. Email:
  • Your local member of State Parliament.

You can complain if the dog touches you or if the police are aggressive, rude or behave inappropriately.

  • For more information contact NSW Council of Civil Liberties on 8090 2952
  • For a complaint about a violation of your civil liberties:
  • For general questions or advice please contact: