Police Department Makes Policy Change for Drug Testing

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen raised questions after this week’s report that a police officer was not only drunk when he hit a patrol car and left the scene, but also had cocaine in his system.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has announced a policy change.

Now, officers in the Force Investigative Unit involved in critical incidents will be required to undergo drug and alcohol testing.

Critical incidents include, but are not limited to, officer-involved shootings and department accidents with fatalities or serious injuries.

Related story: Cocaine Reportedly Found in Shaw Shooting Police Officer’s System

Current policy requires officers to submit to random drug testing at least once every three years.

Dotson has released a statement on the policy change:

“As an agency, we consistently review and update our policies and procedures. This procedural change will enhance our ability to conduct more thorough investigations when it involves officers. We hold our officers to the highest of standards and know that transparency is of the upmost importance in maintaining the public’s trust in its police department.”

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