(very topical on top of the New Zealand Politicians debating "lets test anyone for everything" and to hell with the consequences, it must be the right thing to do, "because we're to stupid to think of a reason why not". Like the good officer on the right [below] said, "if it wasn't for alcohol and drugs, I wouldn't have a job" /Blair )
Officers who use firearms, drive at high speeds, and work with drugs are among the first to face the random tests, starting in October. 'This does not imply lack of trust in anyone,' Det Supt Colin Smith said, explaining it was part of a new substance misuse policy for all forces. Officers with positive tests will face disciplinary action.
'The policy aims to ensure that Hampshire Constabulary is as free as possible from risk, that it is a safe place to work and promotes public confidence in policing,' he said. 'It aims to deter people from taking illegal drugs or abusing alcohol because there is a real possibility of being caught.'
Police said that a person in a 'safety-critical' post would be considered unfit to work if the test showed a blood alcohol level of more than 29mg - much lower than the legal driving limit of 80mg.
'Safety-critical' roles include firearms officers and their supervisors, police search advisers and drivers who are trained and exempted from certain provisions under the Road Traffic Act.
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