- Associated Press - Monday, February 16, 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Officials in Grand Forks are considering a proposed ordinance that would allow random drug testing on police officers, firefighters and 911 dispatchers.

WDAZ-TV (https://bit.ly/1vzPFsd ) reports that an existing ordinance prohibits city employees from being intoxicated while at work, but the random drug testing measure is being proposed because of the critical role that police, firefighters and dispatchers play in the public’s safety.

Fire Chief Peter O’Neill, Police Chief Mark Nelson and dispatch center Director Becky Ault have expressed their support for the proposal.

O’Neill says he doesn’t believe the city’s emergency responders have substance abuse problems. He says the random testing is a pre-emptive measure that the city owes its own residents.

Grand Forks council members are expected to take up the final approval of the proposal Tuesday.



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Information from: WDAZ-TV, https://wdaz.com

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