Caught in the ACT – drug testing catches out police

Drug testing catches out ACT police offers. Credit Johnny Silvercloud

Some people complain that police and politicians should also face drug testing and in many cases they do! Here’s an example from the ACT published on

The article explains that three ACT Police members have resigned while being investigated by Professional Standards after failing drug testing for cocaine, MDMA, ketamine and illegal steroids.

The article quotes the President of the Australian Federal Police Association (AFPA) Alex Caruana who said while the union can’t condone ACT police officers taking drugs and coming to work under the influence, there needs to be more education, awareness and support.

In the article, Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman confirmed that nearly 350 random drug tests were carried out on ACT Policing employees, while 22 mandatory drug tests were conducted on employees as a result of Professional Standards investigations or inquiries.

Once a positive drug testing result is verified, an employee is suspended without pay and he or she is generally subject to a serious misconduct investigation.


Drug testing has caught out police members in the ACT. Credit Johnny Silvercloud

By Michael

Michael is the founder of Integrity Sampling and is responsible for overseeing all national operations. He is based at Integrity Sampling's head office in Melbourne and is also responsible for the co-ordination of drug and alcohol testing within Victoria, assisting in the implementation of drug and alcohol (fit for work) policies and the presentation of drug and alcohol education and awareness programs. You can connect with Michael Wheeldon on LinkedIn

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