Police_steroidsIn last month’s International Association of Chiefs of Police conference held in California, the overall sentiment was there’s now the prevalent use of anabolic steroids in the police. Phoenix police Cmdr. Kim Humphrey said it’s a problem that should be addressed immediately. Humphrey has become a resource person on the issue since his department is the first to implement steroid testing among its ranks.

The Oklahoma City Police Department Chief Bill Citty, however, was of the opinion that steroid use among police officers is not a “systemic problem”.

“I don’t think it is running rampant through law enforcement agencies,” Citty stated. “But I’m not going to sit here and deny … there are some officers are either using or have used in the past.”

The Citty’s department and its officers union are currently negotiating their drug testing program for 2009 and, according to NewsOk, anabolic steroids will not be among the banned compounds to be tested for.

This does not mean, however, the department is against measures that would discourage officers from using illegal substances. The police union vice president, Sgt. Ron Burks, said their union, the Fraternal Order of Police, supports random testing for all officers.

“We don’t want our officers using drugs,” he said. “We don’t have a problem with the drug testing policy for that reason.”

Burks stressed, however, that any drug testing should be “reasonable” and does not violate officers’ rights.