‘See No Evil’: Random Testing of Police for Steroids Declines


A decade after the federal Drug Enforcement Administration warned of “possible psychological disturbances” of police officers who abuse steroids, random testing to identify juiced cops is declining, reports AlterNet. The Phoenix Police Department, which had been a standard-bearer for aggressive steroid testing after a local steroids scandal in 2007, recently admitted it had stopped random testing of officers for the substances. Like other police agencies, Phoenix decided random testing was too expensive and ineffective, in part because officers have grown adept at masking steroid use.

Many agencies now focus on testing individual officers under “reasonable suspicion” or “for cause” guidelines. A Fraternal Order of Police executive said steroid abuse by cops is not a “huge problem.” But the succession of recent front-page examples of officers who exhibit rage, aggression and/or poor judgment (all symptoms of possible steroid abuse, according to the DEA) in confrontations with citizens should ring alarm bells, experts say. “I think there's an attitude in all these agencies of 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,'” said Gregory Gilbertson, a former Atlanta cop who works as a legal expert on police standards and practices. “Because if they know about it, then they have to address it.”

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