Gary orders drug testing for police officers

Gary orders drug testing for police officers

Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has given instructions for random testing for dangerous drugs, to be conducted on both Regular and Special Reserve Police Officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), 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.”

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; (m) 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.”