Random drug tests for all police officers; Griffith's testing first

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has given instructions for random testing for dangerous drugs, to be conducted on both regular and special reserve police officers, a statement by the Police Service said Monday.

It said that the order is in accordance with Section 93 (3) of the Police Service Regulations, 2007.

Section 93 (3) of the Regulations states, “The Commissioner shall have the power to order random drug testing for abuse of dangerous drugs by any officer.”

It says that where random testing is done, any officer found to be under the influence of any dangerous drugs whilst on duty, will be disciplined.

Section 150 (1) of the Regulations states, “an officer who contravenes any of these regulations commits a disciplinary offence… and is liable to be charged with a disciplinary offence, if he commits any of the following:

(l) Drunkenness, or drug taking, that is to say, if an officer, while on or required for duty, is unfit for duty through the taking of intoxicating liquor or dangerous drugs;

(ii Drinking on duty or soliciting drink, that is to say, if an officer— (i) drinks intoxicating liquor while he is on duty; or (ii) demands, or endeavours to persuade any other person to give him, or to purchase or obtain for him, any intoxicating liquor while he is on duty; 

(iii) reports for duty under the influence of intoxicating liquor or with the odour of intoxicating liquor on his breath.”

The police statement said that this is a proactive approach aimed at minimizing the possibility of police officers being addicted to illegal drugs, which can hamper their performance and also to ensure that officers do not commit actions which will cause them to be involved in any type of criminal activity.

It said that all officers were notified that random testing across the TTPS, will begin in two months’ time and will continue indefinitely.

The police statement added that in a similar manner to the polygraph test introduced in the southwestern peninsula, the CoP has requested that he be the first person to be polygraphed and drug tested.