Northern Territory police officers could be randomly examined in the new calendar year to see if they are making use of drugs on the job.
The Northern Territory’s Police Commissioner, Reece Kershaw, stated he hoped random drug testing of officers would start in 2016.
- NT Police Commissioner wants officers to be analyzed for medications
- NT is only jurisdiction not to check officers for medications
- Law enforcement Affiliation claims it does not assistance screening
“It is some thing we have been chatting to the Minister about and it truly is one thing we are hopefully going to progress on,” Commissioner Kershaw mentioned.
“I imagine we’re the only jurisdiction in Australia who never have that and we’re eager for that to take place.”
The Northern Territory Police Association’s president, Paul McCue, explained in a statement to the ABC that it did not assist the proposal because the affiliation experienced not been sufficiently consulted.
“The Northern Territory Police Association (NTPA) supports present interior steps that figure out our customers have the potential to have out their work safely and securely and professionally,” Mr McCue mentioned.
“The NTPA’s situation is that the introduction of any variety of drug and/or alcohol screening in the work location is an industrial concern that ought to be addressed throughout organization bargaining negotiations of a new consent agreement or for the duration of the re-write of the law enforcement perseverance.
“Our Association is opposed to any unilateral decision manufactured on this situation by the Minister for Police, Lawyer-Common or Commissioner of Law enforcement without having full and appropriate consultation with the NTPA and its associates.”
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