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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:36 PM
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Washington legislation would test police for drugs
Washington legislation would test police for drugs

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Residents of cities and counties could vote to randomly test police officers for drugs under legislation proposed by Rep. Charles Ross of Naches (na-CHEEZ').

He told The Yakima Herald-Republic most people he talks to support the idea. A similar bill died in last year's Legislature.

Random drug testing is opposed by police unions. The incoming president of the Yakima Police Patrolmans Association, Det. Mike Nielsen, says officers want to maintain their constitutional protection from unwarranted invasion of privacy.

The city of Yakima and the police union took the issue to arbitration in 2007, and the arbitrator ruled the city could not impose random drug testing.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420ap_wa_xgr_testi...
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:37 PM
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1. You mean they aren't already doing this? These guys are armed.
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 01:38 PM by ThomWV
It seems to me if the community is going to pay a guy carry a gun around the least they can do is drug test him. Maybe a little psychological testing first wouldn't be a bad idea either.
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independentpiney Donating Member (966 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:53 PM
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2. Really
People whose jobs can have an impact on public safety are the only ones where I can really see a valid reason for mandatory drug testing ,and police officers need to be tops on that list.

Defending their right to privacy is massive hypocrisy,it's another case of the blue wall protecting their own.
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:17 PM
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8. "...a little psychological testing first wouldn't be a bad idea either."
You won't get an argument from me. Then again, I think most psychologists are quacks and true psychopaths test well....
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lib2DaBone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:08 PM
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3. Yes! Also might wanna test DEA Agents for Drugs and Illegal Cash....
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gollygee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:11 PM
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4. Add me to the list of people surprised they aren't tested already
I worked in the office of a construction company that did because it was a safety issue for people operating heavy machinery. I'd say driving a police cruiser at high speeds and carrying weapons are also safety issues that warrant drug testing.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:17 PM
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6. Add me as well. I thought it was standard procedure.
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:16 PM
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5. Uh oh.
:popcorn:
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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:17 PM
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7. I pretty much oppose drug testing, but I find it fascinating that groups that tend to favor it...
...Congress, many police leaders, judges, etc, get their panties in a bunch when someone suggests they piss in a cup.
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oldnslo Donating Member (222 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:21 PM
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9. ANYBODY carrying a gun on the job should be tested. PERIOD.
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lib2DaBone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:53 PM
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10. If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to see it.....
If a DEA Agent confiscates a bunch of cash and puts a bunch of Cocaine up his nose.. has a crime really been committed?
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