Guest Guest Posted July 24, 2012 Report Share Posted July 24, 2012 " NEW BRUNSWICK — Local firefighters could be subject to a new randomized drug screening program in the coming weeks, officials say. City officials are meeting tomorrow to discuss final implementation of the policy, said Robert Rawls, the city’s fire director. The unions are in favor of the policy as well, Rawls said. “The unions are as excited as the administration is,” Rawls said. “They don’t want a few bad apples to spoil the bunch.” Rawls said there have been a few disciplinary actions related to drugs in the fire department, but they have been minor, and not led to any firings. The random drug testing policy was voiced by a member of the public at the July 18 council meeting, said City Spokesman Russell Marchetta. However, the city’s fire director said the plans had already been in the works for months or more – and tomorrow’s meeting was already scheduled on the calendar. Most police and fire departments already have random drug testing policies in place, said Matthew Weng, staff attorney for the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. The League has studied the municipal codes of a cross-section of half the municipalities in New Jersey, and the vast majority of them have random drug testing already in place, Weng said. The others mostly have “reasonable suspicion” policies – meaning that workers who are exhibiting suspicious behavior can be tested at will, the lawyer said. New Brunswick already has that “reasonable suspicion” testing policy in place, Rawls said." Per NJ.com, 7/24/2012 The city council could approve a random drug testing policy as soon as next month, added Marchetta. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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