Drug Testing of Police Officers in Toronto?
In December 2001 Chief Julian Fantino advised the Toronto Police Services Board that he had retained the Honourable Mr. Justice George Ferguson to review matters that had been brought to light by the investigation into certain officers of the Central Field Drug Squad. Justice Ferguson's two volume report entitled "Review and Recommendations Concerning Various Aspects of Police Misconduct" can be found here and here.
One of the recommendations provides that:
As a condition of promotion or reassignment to a sensitive or high-risk area (e.g. drug squads, major crime units, Emergency Task Force, Intelligence Services, Mobile
Support Unit, Professional Standards, Internal Affairs, etc.), members shall be required to submit to a drug testing program.
If implemented (Chief Fantino will report to the Police Services Board on March 25 about how the recommendations will be implemented), the Toronto police would be the first service in Canada to adopt such a program. Drug testing is common in the US (including in police services), but Canadian courts and human rights commissions have significantly restricted workplace drug testing. Entrop is the leading case on drug testing in Canada.