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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 August 2007, 11:39 GMT 12:39 UK
Top police first for drug testing
Senior officers from Humberside Police have become the first in the force to undergo random drug testing.

A new substance misuse policy has been introduced across the force.

After completing the tests, Chief Constable Tim Hollis said: "Quite understandably people expect the police to meet high standards of behaviour.

"As Chief Constable I am committed to achieving those standards and to ensuring a safe, healthy and productive work environment for all my staff."

He continued: "The random substance misuse testing will apply to police officers undertaking critical roles where there would be a significant risk if they were subject to substance misuse."

Under the policy, officers and staff can be tested if they work in an environment which is deemed safety-critical or specialist.

Among those subject to random testing are officers and civilian staff who are firearms trained, work in the drugs squad, divers, drivers, motorcyclists and dog handlers.

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