According to a recent article from the Columbus Dispatch in Ohio, rank and file police officers and firefighters have been subject to random tests for years.
Safety Director Mitchell J. Brown’s office said there wasn’t a particular incident or reason that led to the new policy. It’s just about holding chiefs to the same standards as their subordinates.
“There was an internal policy change that occurred earlier this year,” said Amanda Ford, a spokeswoman for Brown’s office. “They will all be tested at least once a year.”
Police and fire chiefs will be tested for prescription drugs, steroids and illegal narcotics. Anyone that tests positive for prescription drugs will have to produce a doctor’s order for the medication.
Union officials said they are satisfied that random testing will be done on everyone.
“We believe in ‘lead by example,’ so I think this is very appropriate,” Jason Pappas, the president of the Columbus F.O.P., told Dispatch reporters.
“It speaks well that they are willing to be subject to it just like we are.”