Random drug testing has been in place in police services across Australia, but not in the Northern Territory. According to a report by Kieran Banks for NT News, Northern Territory police has yet to implement a drug testing regime for its officers.
Drug testing policy ‘in the works’
According to Banks’ report, Northern Territory police has already been asked by The Sunday Territorian about its drug testing policy two years ago, but to this day, a drug policy remains to be “in the works”.
While Police Minister Peter Chandler admitted there is still no drug or alcohol testing regimen in place for the Territory, he gives the assurance that Northern Territory Police is working hard analysing policy and legislative enhancements in this area, and will soon come up with a proposal to government that will introduce random drug testing for the police force.
It would only seem fair that officers of the Northern Territory Police are subjected soon to routine and mandatory random drug tests. After all, their brothers in the police services in Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and Western Australia all undergo drug and alcohol testing. The Australian government is in the middle of a tough campaign against drugs, and the police officers who are at the frontlines of that campaign should be determined to have no drug or alcohol issues that could undermine that campaign.
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