A couple of years ago the powers that be introduced random drugs testing within the police service. At any time a crack squad from HQ can descend anywhere in the force & randomly test officers for drugs. We’ve even had situations where we can’t send officers to jobs because the whole shift has been taken in for a test.
As far as I’m aware, nobody I’ve ever worked with has tested positive.
News today at there have been 27 positive tests out of 13,000. Cannabis & cocaine have apparently detected, though, according to some of the forums, some officers have been tested positive for drugs for which they have aÃ‚Â prescription. Tests are usually random but can but can be targeted at individuals as a Ã‚Â result of information laid against them, anonymous or otherwise.
In Britain’s largest force, the Met, they carried out 20 tests on a targeted basis & 11 officers failed the test, presumably that means that just under 50% of the targeted information was wrong?
I’m not sure what this says about the average police officer, other than a miniscule proportion have been found to have traces of Ã‚Â illegal drugs in their system. Ideally, of course, you’d expect 100% to be ‘drug-free’, but given that the police are a force drawn from the public can we ever be truly free of officers who take drugs, steal, abuse power, etc, etc?