Drug Testing Police Officers and Police Recruits: The Outcome of Urinalysis and Hair Analysis Compared

Tom Mieczkowski, University of South Florida
Kim Lersch, University of South Florida

This paper reviews some general aspects of police drug behavior and drug related police corruption. It will evaluate the outcomes of drug testing programs carried out by two major police departments on both recruits for police positions as well as sworn officers. It will evaluate the extent of involvement of these two groups in drug use activities as indicated by both urinalysis testing and hair analysis, and compare their levels of use with other workplace testing outcomes. The paper will conclude with a discussion of the results and their implications for police administrative procedure.

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Updated 05/20/2006