Hampshire police staff to undergo drug tests

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RANDOM drug tests are to be introduced for police staff.

Civilians working in some roles considered critical or vulnerable by Hampshire Constabulary will be asked to undergo checks from this autumn.

Workers affected include police staff on probation, police community support officers, call handlers, intelligence and security vetting staff and volunteers.

Those who have direct access to stored firearms and ammunition, who maintain and repair police vehicles and are involved in driving or working for the Serious Organised Crime Unit or other positions involving drugs will also be randomly checked.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘The policy aims to encourage staff to seek assistance and support should they require it. Individuals must take responsibility for any substance misuse and seek the advice and support available to them from Occupational Health to address the issue.

‘However, where staff fail to address this and subsequently test positive, the professional standards department may take action under the misconduct procedure.’

Tests will start in October.