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
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