October 25th, 2007

Those Friendly PSDs

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Random drug (and alcohol) testing has now been brought in for police officers.

Professional Standards departments now have the power to turn up at any police station & randomly test officers for drink & drugs. There is no requirement for drugs misuse to be suspected. The argument goes that police officers must be subject to the highest standards, particularly if they are in charge of dangerous things like guns or high-powered vehicles. They can be tested for 5 specific drugs as well as alcohol.

I don’t know the history of why drug testing has been brought in but I cannot think of a single case in almost 30 years of an officer known to me being arrested or disciplined for drugs misuse. I can think of quite a few who have abused alcohol, mind.

It seems to me that there are already sufficient means to deal with officers suspected of alcohol & drugs abuse without bringing in the need for random tests; the same means s applies to any other citizen suspected of breaking the drugs laws. It’s not as if we are being overrun by junkies in blue, is it?

On the current procedures I fully expect PSDs to pop round to my street to check my vehicle for bald tyres, randomly dip-sample my bank account to make sure I’m not taking bribes, and to pop over to see my wife whenever they see fit to make sure I’m not beating her up.

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