Sniffer dogs are being used by the marine police at the Sai Kung public piers to deter party-goers from taking drugs onto boats. The dogs mingle with holiday-makers and will indicate to officers if they smell drugs. It is a preventative and public relations exercise. Superintendent Justin Shave of Marine East Division said no drugs had been detected and no incidents involving drugs at sea had occurred.
On duty on August 5 at the pier were Shadow, a member of the Police Dog Unit, and his handler Clark Chan. Clark said Shadow is trained to sniff out humans who have been using drugs. In six cases he has been successful. Now eight, Shadow will retire next year after seven years with the force. We asked what will happen to Shadow then. Clark said, “I’ll take him home.”