Chicago Police DepartmentEmployee Resource E01-08
Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Program
Issue Date:21 February 2012Effective Date:21 February 2012
Rescinds:Version dated 30 December 2011; A04-10
Index Category:Employee Rights and Responsibilities
I.Purpose
This directive
  • A.continues Department policy governing random drug and alcohol testing of all sworn members and select civilian members.
  • B.describes responsibilities relative to this program.
  • C.continues the Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Program for all ranks of sworn Department members, exempt members, and probationary police officers.
    NOTE:
    Beginning 1 January 2012, the Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Program is in effect for sworn Department members below the rank of sergeant.
  • D.continues a revised version of the Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Notification form [CPD-62.463 (Rev. 1/12).
    NOTE:
    This form is now a three-part form set available through the Equipment and Supply Section.
II.Policy
All Department sworn members and identified civilian members will be subject to urinalysis drug testing and/or breath alcohol testing on a random basis. Members selected for drug and/or alcohol testing are required to fully cooperate in the testing process. Failure to cooperate, tampering with urine specimens or breathalyzer instruments, or any other activities designed to interfere with or impede the random drug and/or alcohol testing procedures will be used as the basis for initiating a Complaint Register investigation and seeking the separation of the responsible member.
III.General Information
  • A.A computer program is utilized by the Department to randomly select members for drug and alcohol testing.
  • B.The analysis of all urine specimens will be conducted by a licensed laboratory under contract with the Department.
  • C.Random Alcohol Testing Program
    • 1.Affected members will be tested for alcohol using a breath alcohol test administered by a qualified tester using a certified and calibrated Breathalyzer or by urine analysis.
      NOTE:
      The Department reserves the right per the current collective bargaining agreement to test urine for alcohol.
    • 2.If the test reveals a breath alcohol level (or a urine concentration equivalent) within the threshold determined by the affected member’s collective bargaining agreement, the member will be relieved from duty without compensation until the next duty day and will submit to drug and alcohol testing prior to his or her return to duty.
      • a.If the return-to-duty test reveals an alcohol level of .00, the affected member may return to duty and will not be subject to discipline based on the initial test result.
      • b.During the six-month period following the date of the initial test, the affected member will be selected for random drug and alcohol testing from an eligibility pool consisting of similarly situated members.
      • c.If the return-to-duty test or any test administered within the six-month period following the date of the initial test reveals any presence of alcohol, the affected member will be relieved from duty without compensation until ordered to return to duty, and the Commanding Officer, Random Drug Testing Section, will refer the matter to the Bureau of Internal Affairs.
    • 3.If the test reveals a breath alcohol level (or a urine concentration equivalent) equal to or greater than the threshold determined by the affected member’s collective bargaining agreement, the affected member will be relieved from duty without compensation until ordered to return to duty, and the Commanding Officer, Random Drug Testing Section, will refer the matter to the Bureau of Internal Affairs.
      • a.If discipline is recommended, the Bureau of Internal Affairs will consider holding the discipline in abeyance in exchange for the member agreeing to participate in a rehabilitation program, remaining drug and alcohol free for a defined period, and complying with other appropriate terms and conditions (i.e., a “last chance” agreement).
      • b.An affected member who is relieved from duty without compensation consistent with this directive may utilize accrued elective time during the unpaid period of absence.
IV.Responsibilities
  • A.Random Drug Testing Section
    The Commanding Officer, Random Drug Testing Section, will ensure that:
    • 1.a random selection of personnel are to be tested on a daily basis.
    • 2.a notification is made to the unit commanding officer/designated supervisor of each member to be tested.
    • 3.a notification is made to the member’s unit if the member is relieved from duty (i.e., due to positive breath alcohol test; member is uncooperative with the process, etc.).
    • 4.the standard operating procedures (SOP) are effective in producing efficient operation and integrity within the Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Program.
    • 5.assistance is provided in developing the drug education and prevention program.
    • 6.the program is continuously evaluated.
  • B.Unit commanding officers/designated supervisors of affected Department members will ensure that:
    • 1.upon receipt of the notification from the Random Drug Testing Section, scheduling of the affected member is coordinated with the Random Drug Testing Section personnel.
    • 2.the Random Drug & Alcohol Testing Notification form (CPD-62.463) is completed in triplicate and distributed as follows:
      • a.original copy to affected member for presentation to and retention by the Random Drug Testing Section.
      • b.second copy to be retained by the affected member.
      • c.third copy to be retained by the affected member’s unit commanding officer/designated supervisor in the member’s unit of assignment or detail for 30 days.
    • 3.the Department member is informed of the appointment time.
    • 4.the Random Drug & Alcohol Testing Notification form content is read and explained to the affected member.
    • 5.the  Random Drug Testing Section is notified at if there is any anticipated delay to the affected member’s scheduled appointment.
  • C.Members Selected to be Tested
    A member to be tested will fully cooperate in the process and will comply with the following procedures:
    • 1.Upon notification that he or she has been selected for drug and/or alcohol testing, the member will be required to report to the Random Drug Testing Section at or before the appointment time listed on the Random Drug & Alcohol Testing Notification form.
    • 2.Upon arrival at the Random Drug Testing Section, the member will produce identification (e.g., Department ID, driver’s license, or other photo identification) and present the original copy of the Random Drug & Alcohol Testing Notification form.
    • 3.Upon completion of the urine specimen collection and/or breath alcohol testing process, the member will immediately return to on-duty status.
      NOTE:
      Unless exigent circumstances occur, an affected member’s tour of duty will not be considered completed until the affected member has submitted the required urine specimen and/or completed breath alcohol testing.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline were revised)
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
11-204/12-003 MWK/PMD
PHONE BOOK:
1.
Random Drug Testing Section
3510 S. Michigan Ave.
PAX 0498