RAWALPINDI: Following police department’s directives to point out drug addicts among the force from the rank of constable to the Police Service of Pakistan (PSP), drug testing of the police force has started in Rawalpindi. Dawn reported.
According to a police spokesman, during the first phase drug test of senior police officers will be conducted in accordance with the international protocol.
The drug testing will be carried out at the district and traffic police headquarters and at the offices of SPs. Priority will be given to police personnel who have been suspected of using drugs, the spokesman said.
The CTO said the DSP headquarters was personally supervising the health profiling process to ensure transparency and if any traffic police officer or official was found involved in drug use strict departmental action will be taken against them leading to their dismissal.
A handout issued from the office of the provincial police chief said, “No drug user will be a part of the Punjab police in future,”. “We have decided to conduct health profiling of police to make the process of accountability more effective so that black sheep involved in the use of drugs can be taken out of the force.”
The Punjab police chief has decided to conduct frequent psychological profiling and drug testing of police personnel that cause mental illness. Individuals with mental illness would not be given field posting.
The decision to keep a close watch on mental health of police personnel and drug users by ensuring their regular psychological profiling and referring cases of those declared medically unfit to a medical board was taken at a meeting recently chaired by the IGP.
Policing was high stress profession that can cause mental health problems and some recent incidents of suicide involving police personnel had led to keep a close watch on mental problems of the personnel which could also be due to use of drugs.
Senior police officer with vast experience of imparting training said mental health and attitude had been emerging as a big issue in the police department which needed to be checked especially among senior officers who themselves were victims of critical behaviour. “Whenever they are posted, their mental health and aptitude should be examined,” he said.