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All police officers to be drug tested (cloned for South West)
All police officers to be drug tested (cloned for South West)

Random drug and alcohol testing will target every WA police officer over the next two years, Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan says.

As police revealed today more than 900 officers had so far been urine and breath tested - including the commissioner and his deputies - Mr O’Callaghan said almost half his officers would have been tested by the end of next financial year, and the entire force by the end of the following year.

Since December, when the tests started, one officer has resigned after being caught tampering with a urine sample, one has been stood aside for testing positive to MDMA - commonly known as ecstasy - and another disciplined for testing positive to a prohibited import, an amphetamine-based slimming drug.

Three officers tested had more than 0.02 per cent blood alcohol content, with one disciplined and the other two still under investigation.

Mr O’Callaghan said officers found with illicit drugs in their system faced losing their jobs, while those testing positive to alcohol would be disciplined.

“Officers are required to handle weapons and make critical decisions under duress, I have to be confident they are not affected by illicit substances or alcohol and so do their frontline partners,” he said in a statement.

The West Australian

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