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Parliamentary Questions


Question Without Notice No. 960 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 October 2022 by Hon Sophia Moermond

Parliament: 41 Session: 1

POLICE — DRUG TESTING

960. Hon SOPHIA MOERMOND to the minister representing the Minister for Police:

How many Western Australia police officers have been subjected to random drug testing in the past 12 months and —

(a) how many officers returned a positive drug test;

(b) of those positive tests, how many were positive for cannabis; and

(c) what disciplinary action has been taken against those officers returning a positive drug test for cannabis?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The Western Australia Police Force advise that a total of 3 432 police officers have been subject to testing.

(a) Fifty-six officers returned a positive test for prescription drugs.

(b) One officer tested positive for medically prescribed cannabis.

(c) Nil. Investigations were conducted into all positive presumptive results. Investigations confirmed that in each case the prescription drugs that led to the positive results were properly prescribed and used in accordance with medical direction and agency policy.