The police are in a position to cause the maximum damage to any individual at any given time. It is therefore only logical that they must also be in a position to assure the public who cede the power to them, that they are in a fit and proper state to wield the power.

Why is this idea important?

This is a matter which police have successfully avoided for more than three decades. Like the fatuous notion of their retirement acting as some kind of "get out of jail free card", the idea of random drug testing has been studiously avoided on the simple grounds that if it were to implemented, then it would decimate the already sickness-depleted shifts of police at the sharp end.

What does this tell you then? If police cannot be regularly and randomly tested on the simple premise that to do so would render entire shifts of officers non-viable, then by definition this also tells us that those same shifts of officers who are given so much power over you may well be supposed to be in no fit state to wield them fairly and without prejudice.

There are already far too many so-called mis-carriages of justice, which have belatedly been found to have been deliberately perpetrated by police.

If police are to ever function as they are supposed to, then a return to their founders (Peel) principals must be an aim… it is so far away from them at the present time as to be little more than a faint memory.

One way to restore some public faith in a system in which it justifiably and currently has none, is to ensure that whenever the public are placed in their hands, that those same hands are not as soiled as the criminals whom they are supposed to be catching.

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