Saturday, June 6, 2009

Drug Testing

For cops to get hired they have to jump through a lot of hoops. Physical agility test, drug test, background check, interview, credit check, psychological examination and often much more. Once we get hired we attend a police academy and some field training after that. We get a few reviews and then we are off probation, and on the force for thirty years, barring some major event we are never looked at again.

People who work in fast food restaurants get drug tested and many get annual or random testing after that. Why don't cops get drug tested more? Alcohol and drug abuse are major problems in our society and when cops get into those there is a serious downside for the officer, his peers, his agency and our society.

I don't think that it is unreasonable for all officers on an agency from the chief of police on down to have to take a drug and alcohol test about halfway through their shift once a year in the month of the anniversary of their hiring. They should not know the exact day, just the month. If the officer fails, he should be suspended, have a hearing and be fired if found guilty of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while at work. It is too dangerous for cops to drink and drive, or get high and carry a gun; that's what the SGT Says.

8 comments:

Texas Ghostrider said...

We have a random drug testing program. alcohol and drugs. We have had it for over 15 years and surprising had about 3 officers resign when there number came up, so iI am all for it!

Bunkermeister said...

I am glad it is working out for you. Many agencies here in California don't have it because the unions oppose it. That seems to me like the unions are in favor of the officers using drugs. The tests are very accurate and if we can us the same tests to lock people away for years certainly we can use them to fire people.

Protect_and_Serve said...

Yet another reason I hate unions.

Nuno M. Cabe├žadas said...

Now I remembered that someone suggested that legislators also took drug tests. Some laws are soo bad that only very drunk and adding drugs was possible to write them

Cheers

Bunkermeister said...

Unions used to stand up for the oppressed workers. Now they stand up for the slackers and the crooks too frequently.

Bunkermeister said...

I would love to drug test our state legislature.

Protect_and_Serve said...

Every Cop should be drug tested...right after every welfare receipiant.

Bunkermeister said...

Perhaps everyone who gets a government check should be drug tested, unless it is a pension check.