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  1. Balzafire
    The West Australian Police Commissioner says he hopes to have procedures in place within eight months to drug test all officers who carry lethal force or tasers.

    Karl O'Callaghan says the drug tests will be random and conducted twice a year.

    He says conducting the tests will be challenging as officers are spread around the state, and they will cost about $40 each.

    Mr O'Callaghan says the penalties for officers who test positive to illegal drugs has not been determined but it is unlikely police will follow the AFL's policy and give a warning for a first offence.

    "That's been put forward but it is problematic in the fact that if an officer tests positive for an illegal drug, they have been using an illegal drug and they have been in contact with someone who has sold it, so it is a problem for us," he said.

    "I don't think we can simply go to a three strikes policy."

    Mr O'Callaghan says drug testing is standard in other industries.

    "It's no different to the mining industry or any other industry," he said.

    "They do that as a matter of course, and it's part of what we would do to give the public confidence that police officers who are out there using tasers and using firearms are not affected."


    Mon Nov 8, 2010
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/08/3060414.htm

Comments

  1. s3an
    Zero tolerance for police. Loss of employment and/or criminal charges. A drug user busting other drug users is hypocritical to the extreme.

    That said, were marijuana and mushrooms legal, it'd likely be constructive to have some cops using them while off-duty.
  2. Terrapinzflyer
    I'm actually not a fan of this, and think supporting drug testing is a rather hypocritical stance to take. I have known many cops- from local police through DEA agents, and many act as a balance between the law and enforcement - letting things they see as non harmful slide and enforcing laws in regards to things they see as causing problems.

    I can't see this doing any good- and instead removing those cops that just might have a little more liberal and more realistic view of the issues. The problematic, zero-tolerance type probably won't be to effected by this for the most part, unless they are testing for alcohol / prescription drug abuse as well.
  3. Balzafire
    ^^^ That's a very good point Terrapinz. Anyone with a realistic point of view will now be kicked off the force.
  4. AdamM
    I don't remember it costing $40 a person for a drug test. I guess when it's every local authority then money's no object. (as usual)
  5. buseman
    Police union wants mandatory drug testing

    [imgl=white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/photopost/data/771/thumbs/r222795_878937.jpg[/imgl]The police union says all officers should undergo drug tests after a long-serving policeman was charged with drug offences.

    The 46 year old officer has been stood down from all duties and the Commissioner is considering his future with the force.

    It is alleged the man used a police computer to access the details of a drug dealer before visiting a house in Safety Bay and smoking methylamphetamine while he was off-duty.

    He has been charged with using a prohibited drug (methylamphetamine), possessing a prohibited drug (methylamphetamine), possessing a smoking implement and driving with an illicit drug in his blood.

    He has also been charged with unlawfully accessing a police computer.

    The police union's Russell Armstrong says all officers should have to undergo drug tests.

    We as a police union and fellow police officers don't want to be working with someone who's using illicit drugs while they're driving police vehicles and in posession of firearms.

    The union has not offered assistance to the man.

    Serious allegations

    Before his arrest the Sergeant had been a general duties officer for more than 22 years.

    The Deputy Police Commissioner Chris Dawson says the allegations against the man are very serious.

    It clearly is a matter of great concern that you have a serving police officer facing charges of this type, he said.

    It brings into question matters that the Royal Commission back in 2004 recommended in terms of testing of drug and alcohol in the work place.

    This was a matter that came to the attention of internal investigators and the matter has been dealt with as quickly as we could.

    Clearly there is a comprehensive investigation into this officer's activities. We're clearly unhappy about it.

    The Deputy Commissioner says the internal investigators have done very thorough job over a short period of time as soon as the matter came to their attention.

    He would not comment on how or why the officer came to be investigated.

    I am not going to reveal the source of the information but when we received that information, we act upon it, he said.

    The officer who has been charged was targeted as part of a specific operation.

    The Sergeant is due to appear in the Fremantle Magistrates Court on December the 10th.

    Police also charged his alleged drug dealer with possession of a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, possession of cannabis and possession a smoking implement.

    Thu Nov 25, 2010
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/25/3076739.htm?site=news
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