The use of anabolic steroids by police officers is an increasing problem, Phoenix Police Commander Kim Humphrey said Tuesday at the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in San Diego. He said steroid abuse has seeped into police agencies nationwide, but few departments test officers for the drug, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Aggressive outbursts, excessive use of force, poor judgment and serious health problems have been associated with steroid abuse among officers. The drug is illegal.
“It has big implications for law enforcement,” said Gary Green, a UCLA steroid researcher. “This is someone who has a firearm, who is entrusted by the public. We certainly want them to be as healthy as they can be.” Phoenix became the first large police department to randomly test for steroids in 2006 after learning that a few of its officers were mixed up in federal drug investigations targeting unscrupulous physicians. Some officers resigned when they learned they may be tested, while others were investigated for steroid-related incidents, including two domestic violence cases, Humphrey said. Several other police agencies have since made headlines with steroid scandals – including Dallas, Boston and New York – and have added steroid screenings to their battery of other drug tests.